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

Fall 2009


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
37170 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
CAL 21

Course Description

MAY NOT BE COUNTED TOWARD FULFILLMENT OF THE FOREIGN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT FOR ANY BACHELOR'S DEGREE. In this course we will examine representative works from 19th and 20th-century French literature, from Balzac's Realism of the 1830s to Beckett’s Theatre of the Absurd of the 1950s. We will consider literature in its relation to history, with special attention both to form and style in the development of narrative, prose poetry and avant-garde theatre. All students will be expected to give one in-class presentation on an aspect of French culture and history related to one of the works we are reading, and this presentation will be turned into a brief (5-7 page) paper. A final paper on a French novel from this period not included on the syllabus will be due the last day of class.

Grading Policy

Class participation: 20% In-class presentation: 20% Short paper: 25% Final paper: 35%


Required: Balzac, Old Goriot Baudelaire, Spleen de Paris Flaubert, Madame Bovary Proust, Swann's Way Colette, The Vagabonde Camus, Exile and the Kingdom Sartre, No Exit Becket, Waiting for Godot


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