Honors | Les Et Analyses Litteraires
S300 | 2365 | Gray, M.

Conceived as an introduction to French literature, this course will seek
to provide a basis for further study by developing skills in literary
interpretation, as well as improving skills in spoken and written French.
We will begin with a study of the poetic tradition in  France, tracing the
evolution of the love theme from the Petrarch-inspired lyrics of the
Renaissance to the great 19th-century Romantic and Symbolist poets,
concluding with a sampling from the 20th century.  Turning to theater, we
will take up Jean Anouilh's Bal des Voleurs, a delightful comedy
involving less-than-expert thieves, a canny dowager, disguise, masquerade
and the inevitable outcome of such a mix: true love.  We will also be
attentive, however, to the ways in which Anouilh's comedy explores the
nature of theater and the theatrical. We will then take up a third genre,
the novel; through Camara Laye's coming-of-age narrative, LEnfant
Noir, we will retrace certain universal experiences set in the
unfamiliar context of West Africa: childhood admiration for the father,
love for the mother, school days, friendship, first love, exposure to
death, and departure from home. Such a combination of the familiar and the
exotic will shape our perspective as we explore questions of narrative
form. We will conclude the semester with several short stories-including
Camus's searching depiction of a moral decision in a story from his
collection, Exil et le Royaume providing an appreciation of the very
different esthetics at work in shorter narratives. There will be a variety
of written exercises, including a 7-page paper, as well as midterm and
final exams.

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