Literature – Intermediate B1

Intermediate B1

Read classic and contemporary writing in French! Books and themes change each session—view below.

Literature makes a major contribution to a nation’s cultural heritage and exposure to authentic written texts is one of the many ways foreign language learners can improve their language proficiency. In this course, discover French and Francophone literature through the analysis and discussion of major literary works, either focusing on one text or on a specific theme woven through a variety of texts. This course is designed for literature lovers who would like to learn about the history of literature, of French expression, and to become more independent in reading challenging texts in their original French language.

  • B1.LIT.H11(II) - Summer 2020 - Tue 2pm - 3:30pm

    Contes et nouvelles du 19e siècle

    Level: Intermediate B1 / Advanced B2
    Teacher: L.Thommeret

    In this course, you will greatly expand your French vocabulary by reading short stories and texts by iconic authors of the 19th century, such as Zola, Maupassant, Villiers de L’Isle-Adam, Barbey d’Aurevilly, Huysmans, etc.

    This course is especially for you if you like to read and you have reached a level in French where you can start reading literary texts.

    By the end of this course, you will have expanded your French vocabulary and developed your ability to read, understand and analyze French literature.

  • B1.LIT.H12(II) - Summer 2020 - Wed 5:45pm – 7:15pm

    Dans le café de la jeunesse perdue de Patrick Modiano

    Level: Intermediate B1 / Advanced B2
    Teacher: H.Fortin

    Dans le café de la jeunesse perdue is a novel by Nobel Prize Patrick Modiano published in 2007. The book describes the life of a mysterious and runaway woman, Louki, from the viewpoints of various characters that she encountered. Her life and stroll across Paris in the 1950’s and 1960’s is recounted through the memories she left behind: a troubled childhood, a failed marriage and a life in the streets grasping for a new life. Patrick Modiano compiles fragmented stories and murky memories in order to describe a passing but beautiful figure.
    The book is 176 pages. Students will read an average of 30 pages each week.

    In this class, we will discover the unique universe of the French writer Patrick Modiano, Nobel Prize of Literature in 2014. We will particularly study his style and his relationship with writing, history and time. We will read and analyze the book as a way to learn French.

    This class will interest you if you are willing to enrich your vocabulary and strengthen your grammar and pronunciation by reading one of the classics of contemporary French literature. The course will focus on reading out loud, understanding of the meaning and the context, and discussing Patrick Modiano’s themes and aesthetics.

  • B1.LIT.H13(II) - Summer 2020 - Thu 10am – 11:30am

    Bonjour tristesse de Françoise Sagan

    Level: Intermediate B1 / Advanced B2
    Teacher: H.Fortin

    Françoise Sagan (1935-2004) published Bonjour tristesse in 1954 when she was only a teenager and the book shook the French literary world for its refreshing themes and its novelty. Sagan, who was once called a “charming little monster”, describes the summer vacation of the 17 year old Cécile, her father, and his girlfriend in a villa in the French Riviera. Under the blazing sun of the Mediterranean Sea, their deep connection and happy-go-lucky personalities will soon face a terrible challenge due to the arrival of another woman. From love to jealousy, a cruel game will follow – with a tragic ending.
    The book is 160 pages. Students will read an average of 30 pages each week.

    In this class we will focus on learning and strengthening your French by reading (out loud in class and at home), understanding, exploring the vocabulary and the grammar, and discussing the themes and the story.

    This class will interest you if you are willing to keep learning French by reading a classic of 20th century French literature and if you want to discover the amazing style and writing of Françoise Sagan.