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French Literature and Civilization

This is an historical sampling of translated course descriptions for French literature and civilization courses that have been taken by previous program participants outside of the Skidmore Center. This list should be used as a guide. Courses listed are not guaranteed to be offered during your semester in Paris and require department approval at Skidmore.

JPFF 219 LITERATURE AND CULTURE OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY (4)
(Université de Paris IV-La Sorbonne)

Introduction to the social, intellectual and artistic development of the nineteenth century through study of the literary masterpieces of such poets, playrights, and novelists as Chateaubriand, Mme de Staël, Lamartine, Hugo, Vigny, Balzac, Sand, Baudelaire, Flaubert, Zola, Rimbaud, and Mallarmé.


JPFF 221 TWENTIETH CENTURY LITERATURE (4)

(Université de Paris IV-La Sorbonne)

Introduction to the poetry, novels and plays of France through study of the works of such writers as Gide, Apollinaire, Proust, Cocteau, Mauriac, de Beauvoir, Sartre, Beckett, Aragon, Duras, Sarraute, and Robbe-Grillet. The course will also focus on contemporary artistic, social, and intellectual trends from 1890 onwards.


JPFF 316 FRENCH POETRY FROM BAUDELAIRE TO APOLLINAIRE (3)

(Université de Paris X-Nanterre)

The works of Baudelaire will constitute the central part of this course. Other poets such as Rimbaud, Verlaine, Mallarmé, Lautréamont and Laforgue who applied Baudelaire's poetic conceptions or modified them for their purposes will also be considered. The evolution in poetic expression from verse to the prose poem will be studied as well as the new poetic vistas introduced by Apollinaire.


JPFF 326 FRENCH CINEMA (3)

(University of London Institute in Paris)

A historical survey of French cinema as seen through films which are representative of particular periods and style periods: the Popular Front, the Occupation, the New Wave Movement, etc. There will be at least 7 films for critical analysis per semester. Students may see each film twice. Works will be drawn from the following film-makers : Marcel Carné,René Clair, Jean Renoir, François Truffaud, Claude Chabrol, Bertrand Tavernier, Claude Lelouch, Claude Sautet, Jacques Rivette, Alain Resnais, Patrice Leconte. Students will be required to write a term paper and to take a 2-hour examination. An initial placement test is required for entry to the University of London Institute in Paris.


JPFF 335/336 STUDIES IN FRENCH LITERATURE: FRENCH THEATER I & II (3)
(University of London Institute in Paris)

A study of six French plays from the 17th century to the present. The choice of plays is drawn from those currently showing in the greater Paris area. Students may therefore study the plays as works of literature and as theatrical performances. The program is organized according to themes or in chronological sequence.Each week the course concentrates on a particular aspect of a work or a theme. Students are required to prepare a term paper or several critiques of the plays read and attended, and to take a final examination. An initial placement test is required for entry to the University of London Institute in Paris.


JPFF 363/364 SPECIAL STUDIES IN FRENCH I & II (3)

(Université de Paris IV-Sorbonne)

Areas proposed for study have been:

  • Littérature et Société - Différences et Inégalités Sociales
  • Rousseau; Stendhal, Baudelaire, Proust
  • Histoire et Création Littéraire: (Balzac, Dumas, Barbet, Claudel, Malraux, Yourcenar)
  • Littérature Française du Moyen Age et de la Renaissance
  • Littérature Française du 17è siècle et initiation aux méthodes critiques
  • Corneille, Racine, Molière, Mme de La Fayette