French and Italian | Reading and Expression in French-Honors
S300 | 3219 | Mickel, Emanuel J.


Students in S300 will read an anthology of French poetry and a play,
Le jeu de l’amour et du hasard, and Manon Lescaut.  We shall begin the
semester with the poetry learning how to read and analyze poems using
the explication de texte method.  Each student getting honors credit
will give a brief (10 minutes) “explication” in French.  Students will
also write a paper in French.  Honors students will write two
five-page papers in French.  Both the play and the novel illustrate
the struggle between the intellect and the senses, a dominant theme in
Western European literature.  Le jeu de l’amour et du hasard has fun
with the classic tradition and makes a play of words on philosophy and
love.  Manon Lescaut is certainly within the classic tradition but on
the cusp of Romanticism as the young chevalier meets a different kind
of woman.

There will be two one-hour exams and a two-hour final.  The course
will be conducted in French.