French and Italian | Reading and Expression in French
F300 | 9597 | MacPhail-Okamoto, Aiko


This course offers a general introduction to French literature and
provides reading strategies in poetry, theater, and fiction. We will
start the semester with lyric poems from the Middle Ages to the 20th
century chosen from the Ansart Anthology, and each student will
present a brief exposé and compose a short essay. Then we read the
17th-century play Phèdre by Jean Racine and study the classic verse
of alexandrin.. During the last half of the semester, we concentrate
on the prose of the 19th century: Jules Verne. Paris au XXe siècle
and Le dernier jour d’un condamné by Victor Hugo. The course grade
will be based on two short oral presentations, short and long essays
and active and continuous class participation. Prerequisite is F250,
F255, or F265. F300 fulfills A & H requirement.