French and Italian | Reading & Expression in French
F300 | 13060 | Valazza, Nicolas
Topic: The Discovery of the New World. Europeans claim to have
discovered the American continent in 1492, which was soon to be
identified as the New World. Beyond its geographical aspect, this
historical event carried such a strong cultural impact that the New
World came to be seen, notably by writers, as the Other World, also
considered the World of the Others, with all its historical,
sociological, philosophical, but also fictional and metaphorical
implications. Since then, and for centuries to come, writers have
kept discovering the New World again and again, always lending to it
In this course, we will read several texts belonging to different
centuries and literary genres (essay, fiction, theatre and poetry) in
which the topic of the New World is developed in various manners.
Works studied include: some 16th-century _Chronicles of the New
World_, the essay _Des cannibales_ by Montaigne, the 18th-century
short story _Candide_ by Voltaire, the 18th-century play _L’Île des
esclaves_ by Marivaux, a 19th-century anthology of poems and the 20th-
century play _La Controverse de Valladolid_ by Jean-Claude Carriere.
We will also have the chance to watch the film based on the latter
The final grade will be based on class participation (10%), two
compositions (15% each), a mid-term exam (20%), an oral presentation
(20%) and a final paper (20%). The course will be conducted entirely
in French. Prerequisite: F250, F255, F265, or consent of department.
Fulfills A & H requirement.