Honors | Reading & Expression in French - Honors (FRIT)
S300 | 16960 | Michael Berkvam


TuTh 2:30-3:45pm

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, LaFontaine, 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: berkvam@indiana.edu