Literature – Intermediate B1

Location: In Person at FIAF Manhattan
Type: Culture & Literature
Level: Intermediate B1
10 weeks Sep 26–Dec 11

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.L01 (Intermediate B1/Advanced B2) - Sep 26-Dec 5 - Tue - 10:15am-11:45am - N.Akbarnejad

    Le Registre comique

    In this course, we will explore the comical genre in literature, focusing on its main objective of entertaining and making the audience laugh through unexpected and surprising situations. The course will cover various literary genres, with a particular emphasis on the comical elements found in theater. We will analyze works of renowned authors, such as Molière and Beaumarchais, and more contemporary writers, such as David Foenkinos, Riad Sattouf or Anna Gavalda, to understand how humor is employed to critique societal flaws, discuss important issues, and lighten the mood of otherwise tense situations.

    This course is suitable for individuals who have a basic understanding of literature and are interested in exploring the comical aspects of various literary genres. Whether you are a literature enthusiast, aspiring writer, or someone who simply enjoys humor in storytelling, this course will provide valuable insights into the art of comedy in literature.

    By the end of this course, you will have achieved the following:

    • A comprehensive understanding of the comical genre in literature and its diverse forms.
    • The ability to identify and analyze comical elements in literary works, especially in theatrical pieces.
    • Insights into the use of humor as a means of critiquing society and addressing important themes.
    • Enhanced appreciation for the role of comedy in providing comic relief and its function as a social tool.

Note About Class Formats: All classes for adults are held entirely in person at FIAF or entirely online on Zoom. Groups are not combined, that is, no HyFlex classes.