F300 | 16393 | MacPhail, Eric

This course is designed to serve as an introduction to the study of
French literature. We will read works representative of the four
genres of poetry, theater, short story and novel. We will begin with
a review of French versification and a survey of French lyric poetry
from the Middle Ages to the present. Each student will choose one
poem from the course reader on which to do a class presentation and
then a 2 to 3 page paper. Students will rewrite their papers in
accordance with the professor's corrections. Then we will read
Pierre Corneille's 17th-century comedy l'Illusion comique on
which we will take an essay test in class. Then we will read modern
short stories from the anthology Contes et nouvelles, and
again each student will select one story on which to do both a class
presentation and a 2 or 3 page essay. Students will have the
opportunity to rewrite this essay as they did for the poetry essay.
We will conclude by reading Balzac's short novel Le Colonel
Chabert, which will be the subject of our final exam. The grade
will be based on the four written assignments and on participation
in class discussion.