French and Italian | Reading and Expression in French-Honors
S300 | 16960 | Berkvam, Michael
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 short stories by the Senegalese-
French writer Fatou Diome from her book, La Préférence
nationale. We will read the plays by Albert Camus titled
Caligula and Le Malentendu and discuss how the work
portrays Camus’ philosophy of the absurd. Finally we will read the
recent novel by Amélie Nothomb titled Cosmétique de l’ennemi.
Prerequisite is F250: fulfills A & H requirement.
Final grades will be based on three exams, two compositions and two
explications de texte, as well as on class participation. 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