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.L03 (Level B1/B2) - 11 Weeks - Thu 10am–11:30am - Jan 13–Mar 24 - S.Durand
Eldorado de Laurent Gaudé
Laurent Gaudé (prix Goncourt winner) offers a beautiful odyssey, where paths cross, destinies are reversed, and the best of humanity heads towards its darkest side. The author’s style is realistic and at the same time epic. This novel is modern, universal, timeless and incredibly moving.
Salvatore Piracci, has been Italian coast guard captain for twenty years, protecting the European borders and rescuing immigrants who desperately try to reach Europe, but when he picks up a woman one day, he starts to question his choices. Meanwhile, two brothers from Africa are trying to reach Europe but their past will keep them from reaching their goal.
This class is for you if you are interested in the theme of exile and contemporary questions raised by illegal immigration. We’ll talk about European policies towards immigration and the long lasting relationships between Europe and Africa.
We will read between 20 and 30 pages per week.