Literature – Intermediate B1

Format: Online
Type: Culture & Literature
Level: Intermediate B1
11 weeks: Jan 11–Mar 29

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.

  • ONLINE B1.LIT.E01(I) (Level B1/B2) - 5 Weeks - Fri 10am–11:30am- Jan 12-Feb 9 - H.Fortin

    La Gloire de mon père de Marcel Pagnol

    Marcel Pagnol (1895-1974) started his literary career late in life after having worked as a playwright, a screenwriter, and a movie director. In 1957, he started writing his autobiography and the first book, La Gloire de mon père, was published the same year. It became a huge success and is still considered as a classic of French literature.

    The book focuses on Marcel Pagnol’s childhood in Marseille and his vacation in the village of La Treille with his family. Filled with funny memories and vivid portraits of people living around him, the book delves into the quintessential and picturesque Provence with its lively charm, sunny landscapes, and refreshing characters. A perfect winter reading!

    In this class we will focus on learning and strengthening your French by reading (in class and at home), understanding, exploring vocabulary and grammar, and discussing the themes of the story. An average of 40 pages will be read each week.

    This class will interest you if you want to keep learning French by reading a classic of 20th century French literature and if you want to discover the sunny and refreshing world of Marcel Pagnol.

  • ONLINE B1.LIT.E02(I) (Level B1/B2) - 5 Weeks - Wed 5:45pm–7:15pm - Jan 13-Feb 10 - H.Fortin

    Extension du domaine de la lutte de Michel Houellebecq (explicit language)

    In 1994, Michel Houellebecq published Extension du domaine de la lutte and immediately became one of the most promising French authors of his generation. His literary career has since made him one of the most translated, popular, and polemical French contemporary authors.

    The protagonist of the book lives a solitary life and has not had sex for years because of his lack of charm and beauty. He is an average man and lives an average life. From banal conversations at the coffee machine to his observations of social life, the book is a journey of disenchantment. The story of this depressed and isolated man, told through his monologues and adventures, is a strong critique of modern society, obsessed with sex, money, and success. Beside its pessimistic yet funny point of view, the book is now considered as one of the most devastating satires of our time!

    In this class we will focus on learning and strengthening your French by reading (in class and at home), understanding, exploring vocabulary and grammar, and discussing the themes of the story. An average of 30 pages will be read each week.

    This class will interest you if you want to keep learning French by reading a classic of 20th century French Literature and if you want to discover Michel Houellebecq, considered one of the best – and most polemical – French writers.

  • ONLINE B1.LIT.E11(II) (Level B1/B2) - 5 Weeks - Fri 10am–11:30am - Feb 23-Mar 23 - H.Fortin

    Extension du domaine de la lutte de Michel Houellebecq (explicit language)

    In 1994, Michel Houellebecq published Extension du domaine de la lutte and immediately became one of the most promising French authors of his generation. His literary career has since made him one of the most translated, popular, and polemical French contemporary authors.

    The protagonist of the book lives a solitary life and has not had sex for years because of his lack of charm and beauty. He is an average man and lives an average life. From banal conversations at the coffee machine to his observations of social life, the book is a journey of disenchantment. The story of this depressed and isolated man, told through his monologues and adventures, is a strong critique of modern society, obsessed with sex, money, and success. Beside its pessimistic yet funny point of view, the book is now considered as one of the most devastating satires of our time!

    In this class we will focus on learning and strengthening your French by reading (in class and at home), understanding, exploring vocabulary and grammar, and discussing the themes of the story. An average of 30 pages will be read each week.

    This class will interest you if you want to keep learning French by reading a classic of 20th century French Literature and if you want to discover Michel Houellebecq, considered one of the best – and most polemical – French writers.

  • ONLINE B1.LIT.E12(II) (Level B1/B2) - 5 Weeks - Wed 5:45pm–7:15pm - Feb 24-Mar 24 - H.Fortin

    La Gloire de mon père de Marcel Pagnol

    Marcel Pagnol (1895-1974) started his literary career late in life after having worked as a playwright, a screenwriter, and a movie director. In 1957, he started writing his autobiography and the first book, La Gloire de mon père, was published the same year. It became a huge success and is still considered as a classic of French literature.

    The book focuses on Marcel Pagnol’s childhood in Marseille and his vacation in the village of La Treille with his family. Filled with funny memories and vivid portraits of people living around him, the book delves into the quintessential and picturesque Provence with its lively charm, sunny landscapes, and refreshing characters. A perfect winter reading!

    In this class we will focus on learning and strengthening your French by reading (in class and at home), understanding, exploring vocabulary and grammar, and discussing the themes of the story. An average of 40 pages will be read each week.

    This class will interest you if you want to keep learning French by reading a classic of 20th century French literature and if you want to discover the sunny and refreshing world of Marcel Pagnol.

  • ONLINE B1.LIT.L01 (Level B1/B2) - 11 Weeks - Tue 2pm-3:30pm - Jan 12-Mar 23 - L.Thommeret

    Le roman de l’honneur : Colomba de P. Mérimée

    In this course, you will greatly expand your French vocabulary by reading Colomba, a novella by famed 19th century author Prosper Mérimée.

    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.