French and Italian | Reading and Expression in French
F300 | 3163 | Mac Phail, Eric M

This course serves as an introduction to the study of French
literature.  We will begin by studying French prosody and reading a
selection of lyric poems from the Middle Ages to the 20th century.
Each student will select one poem from the reader on which to give a
class presentation and write a short essay.  Students will have the
opportunity to rewrite their essays so that they make sense.  Then we
will read a 17th-century tragedy, Le véritable Saint Genest by Jean de
Rotrou.  Students will take an essay exam on the play after preparing
the essay questions together in class.  Next we will read a novel
about the First World War, Roland Dorgelès’ Les croix de bois, and
again we will take an essay exam in class on questions discussed in a
prior class meeting.  To conclude, we will read the Surrealist
exercise, 152 proverbes mis au goût du jour and compose our own
proverbs adapted to the modern age.  The course grade will depend on
the four written assignments and on class participation.