French and Italian | Reading and Expression in French-Honors
S300 | 2506 | Prof. Michael Berkvam

Note: This section is reserved for Honors College students; obtain
on-line authorization from Honors College.

This course is conducted entirely in French, with all readings,
discussions and writings in French. The goal of this course is to
introduce the student to the four main literary genres in
French: poetry, short stories, the novel and theatre. In addition, the
course prepares students for writing compositions and exams in French,
for discussing literature in French, and for learning to write a
French explication de texte.

The works we will study include a representative overview of poetry
from the 16th to the 20th century, including works by Ronsard, La
Fontaine, Vigny, Musset, Hugo, Verlaine, Rimbaud, Valéry and
Apollinaire. We will also read the short stories by Albert Camus in
the collection L'Exil et le royaume. We will read the play by
Jean-Paul Sartre titled Les Mouches and discuss how the work
portrays existentialist philosophy. Finally we will read the very
important feminist novel by Annie Ernaux titled La Femme gelée.

Final Grades will be based on three exams, two compositions and one
explication de texte, as well as class participation.
Prerequisite: FRIT F250, F255, or F265; S300 fulfills A & H
requirement. If you have any questions about the course, please
contact me by e-mail and I will answer you as quickly as possible. My
e-mail address is: