French and Italian | Reading and Expression in French
F300 | 10330 | Okamoto-Macphail, 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 poems from the Course Packet and each student
will present a brief exposé and compose a short essay.  After the
poems we read a comic and popular play from the nineteenth century Le
voyage de Monsieur Perrichon by Eugène Labiche.  Then we continue to
two prose works from the nineteenth and the twentieth centuries: La
légend de Saint Julien l’Hospitalier by Gustave Falubert, and La
symphonie pastorale by André Gide.  We end the semester with the
17th-century play Phèdre by Jean Racine and study the classic verse of
alexandrin.   The course grade will be based on oral presentations,
short and long essays and active and continuous class participation.