French and Italian | Reading and Expression in French
F300 | 2634 | Wilkin


Topic: Les transports en commun

People-watching on the bus, eye contact in the métro, adultery in a
stage coach: public transportation has from its very beginnings
transported the imagination of French writers great and small. We will
read plays (Anouilh, Voyageur sans bagages; Tardieu, Le
guichet), poems (by Apollinaire, Cendrars, Mallarmé), short
stories (Maupassant's "Boule de suif" and "En voyage,") and novels
(Queneau's Zazie dans le métro with excerpts from Flaubert and
Proust). We will listen to songs (by Brassens, Perret, Rivard,
LeClerc) and see movies (Zazie dans le métro and Le dernier
métro). Students will be graded on daily participation, two
explications de texte (2 pages each), one short paper (5
pages), one creative writing assignment, and one oral presentation in
class.