French and Italian | Reading and Expression in French
F300 | 9600 | Mac Phail, Eric

This course is designed to serve as an introduction to the study of
French literature. We will read works representative of the four
genres of poetry, theater, short story and novel. We will begin with
a review of French versification and a survey of French lyric poetry
from the Middle Ages to the present. Each student will choose one
poem from the course reader on which to do a class presentation and
then a 2 to 3 page paper. Students will rewrite their papers in
accordance with the professor's corrections. Then we will read a
short novel by Victor Hugo on which we will take an essay test in
class. Then we will read a science fiction novel by Jules Verne and
again each student will select a topic on which to do both a class
presentation and a 2 or 3 page essay. Students will have the
opportunity to rewrite this essay as they did for the poetry essay.
We will conclude by reading Jean Anouilh's play Voyageur san
bagage, which will be the subject of our final exam. The grade
will be based on the four written assignments and on participation
in class discussion. Prerequisite is F250, F255, or F265. F300
fulfills A & H requirement.