French And Italian | Lectures et analyses littéraires
F300 | 2500 | Wilkin

The aim of this course, given entirely in French, is double: 1) to improve
students' literacy in French and 2) to expand their ability to analyze
literary texts.  What better way to achieve these goals than by reading,
discussing, and writing about reading itself?  Throughout the semester, we
will attempt to formulate our own answers to the following questions:  Why
and what do people read?  Who does not read and why not? What are the perceived
benefits and dangers of reading?  Texts to be studied include excerpts
from Jean-Paul Sartre’s autobiography, Les Mots, Simone de
Beauvoir's Mémoires d’une jeune fille bien rangée, Farida
Belghoul's novel about an illiterate seven-year-old girl, Georgette!,
Molière's controversial play, L’Ecole des femmes, Daniel Pennac's
essay, Comme un roman, and from Gustave Flaubert's scandalous novel,
Madame Bovary (with help from the movie).  We will also view the movie
adaptation of Jean Raymond's La Lectrice.  In addition to informal weekly
writing assignments (< 1 page), students will write three analytic essays (3-4
pages, 2 versions each), and make one oral presentation in class.  There will
be no final exam.  Prerequisite: FRIT F250, F255, or F265; fulfills AHLA requirement.