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

Spring 2007

F C 349 • Masterpieces of French Fiction

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
36530 TTh
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
BEN 1.106

Course Description

In this course, the students will be reading selected masterpieces of French fiction from the Middle Ages to the present in English translation. The goal of this course is to have the students learn not only about the essentials of literary analysis and how this applies to French literature in general, but also to enable students to examine books within their wider historical and cultural contexts.

Grading Policy

exam 1: 20%

exam 2: 30%

oral presentation: 15%

paper based on the oral presentation: 15%


Depending on the availability of texts, readings will include the following in whole or in excerpts:

  • anon., The Song of Roland

  • Marguerite de Navarre, The Heptameron

  • Mmme. de Lafayette, The Princess of Cleves

  • Marivaux, The Games of Love and Chance

  • Voltaire, Candid; or The Huron Indian

  • Beaumarchais, The Barber of Seville

  • Chateaubriand, Rene

  • Musset, The Whims of Marianne

  • Flaubert, Mme Bovary

  • selections from Proust

  • a novel from the French Caribbean or French Africa

  • a film and text: possibly Hiroshima, Mon Amour

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