FRENCH 401,402                                 TOMEK

SURVEY OF FRENCH LITERATURE

COURSE SYLLABUS

 

COURSE DESIGNATION:  FRE 401,402.  SURVEY OF FRENCH LITERATURE.  3,3

 

GENERAL COURSE OBJECTIVE:  In French 401,402, students will acquire knowledge in the French contexts of literature, culture, and civilization from the Middle Ages to the present, and will continue to increase their accuracy and proficiency in the foreign language.

 

SPECIFIC COURSE OBJECTIVES:  Upon completion of each course students will be able to

     1.   Engage in conversation about certain areas of French          literature, culture, and civilization,

     2.   Understand the essential points of lectures,

          narratives, poems, and explanations delivered at             

moderate speed,

3.   Write papers of reasonable length (250-800 words) in              

coherent and correct prose, and to produce summaries,             

descriptions analysis, and conclusions,

4.               Understand the historical periods of these literary

works, including the geographical setting, the social class make-up, the customs, the music and art, and the political background.

SUBJECT MATTER OR CONTENT:  The current text is either A Survey of French Literature edited by Morris Bishop, or Poèmes, pieces, prose: introduction à l’analyse de texts littéraires français, by Rice, Schofer and Berg.   In French 401, students will read selections from La Chanson de Roland,  Tristan et Iseut, Villon, Rabelais, Louise Labé, DuBellay, Ronsard, Montaigne, Corneille, Pascal, Racine, Mme de la Fayette, and Voltaire.  In 402, students will read Chateaubriand, Lamartine Musset, Hugo, Stendhal, Balzac, Flaubert, Apollinaire, Proust, Colette, and Sagan.

 

MAJOR STUDENT ACTIVITIES:  Students will read the chosen texts and be prepared to answer questions about them in class.  Students will be responsible for the reading passages and for the content of the lectures, which will be in French.  During the course of each semester, there will be four 30 minute tests and a final examination.  In each semester, students will write three short papers (150 words) on material covered in class , and one longer paper 500 words on a text not covered in class.

 

PRESENTATION METHODS:

               Lecture              70%

               Discussion           30%

 

EVALUATION AND GRADING:  (each semester)

     Classwork and Discussion of reading        40%

     6 short papers                             20%

     Final Examination                          40%

 

COLLATERAL READING OR BIBLIOGRAPHY:

    

     Lagarde et Michard.  ( Eds.).  (1973).  Moyen age.  Paris:              Bordas.

     Lagarde et Michard.  ( Eds.).  (1973). XVIième siècle.       Paris: Bordas.

     Lagarde et Michard.  (Eds.).  (1973).  XVIIième siècle.                 Paris:  Bordas.

     Lagarde et Michard.  (Eds.).  (1973).  XVIIIième siècle.                Paris:  Bordas.

     Lagarde et Michard.  (Eds.).  (1973).  XIXième siècle.

          Paris:  Bordas.

     Lagarde et Michard.  (Eds.).  (1973).  XXième siècle.

          Paris:  Bordas.

     Fowlie, W. (1973).   French literature:  its meaning and              history.  Englewood Cliffs:  Prentice Hall.

     Miquel, Pierre.  (1988).  L'histoire de France de                     Vercingétorix à Charles deGaulle.  Paris:  Marabout.