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David Birdsong, Chair 201 W 21ST STREET STOP B7600, HRH 2.114A, AUSTIN, TX 78712 • 512-471-5531

Fall 2006


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
37160 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
HRH 2.106C

Course Description

This course taught in French will introduce students to the movements which have shaped the development of the French novel from 1900 to the present. (Existentialism, New Novel, New New Novel, Feminism, and Post-Colonialism). Lectures and class discussions will focus on textual properties (style, narrative techniques) and historical, political, and sociological contexts of the novels. To ensure maximum coverage of the diverse and abundant novelistic production, in addition to the novels ordered at the Coop and read by everybody in the course, students will present a novel of their choice. Course work:
Assigned readings of novels and criticism
Short written comments on the readings

Grading Policy

Oral presentation of a novel of your choice, not read in the course 10%
Two 10 page essays, one which is a reworking of the oral presentation and the other which examines one of the novels read in the course 70%
Course Participation 20%


Azuz Begag, le Góne du Chaaba Marguerite Duras, L'Amant. André Malraux, La Voie royale. Marcel Proust, Un Amour de Swann. Alain Robbe-Grillet, La Maison de rendez-vous. Jean-Paul Sartre, La Nausée (Books available at University Co-op) Course packet: Criticism


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