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.E11(II) (Level B1/B2) - 5 Weeks - Thu 10:15am–11:45am - May 19–Jun 16 - S.Durand
Honoré et moi de Titiou Lecoq
Titiou Lecoq is a feminist journalist and essay writer. Her hilarious biography of Honoré de Balzac is clever, extremely well documented, and makes us want to dive back into La Comédie humaine.
If you usually don’t like biographies, but still wish to learn more about Honoré de Balzac, feminist pioneer before his time, always broke and touching character, and have fun reading, this class is for you.
You will be in touch with everyday life French humor and manner of speaking.
We will read between 30 and 40 pages a week, before each class. Together, we will read out loud, discuss, give our point of view, explain some expressions, idioms and clarify some grammatical, syntactical and lexical points.
B1.LIT.L01 (Level B1/B2) - 10 Weeks - Tue 2pm–3:30pm - Jun 28–Aug 30 - L.Thommeret
Roman d’espionnage : La clé USB de Jean-Philippe Toussaint
In this course, you will expand your French vocabulary by reading La clé USB, a thrilling novel about new technologies and the European Commission, selected for the 2019 World Literary Prize. Jean-Philippe Toussaint tells the story of a European Commission official working in a unit focusing on emerging technologies and cybersecurity issues. When he discovers documents in a USB key that was not intended for him, he has a sneaking suspicion that a device manufactured by a Chinese company hides a “backdoor”. He leaves Brussels to investigate for himself in China.
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.