FREN-377 Major 20th Century French Novelists II
The purpose of this course is to expose students to important works and writers of the second half of the twentieth century. Readings include novels by Samuel Beckett, Albert Camus, Raymond Queneau, Georges Perec, Marie Redonnet, Patrick Modiano, Jean-Philippe Toussaint, and Annie Ernaux. By the end of the semester, students will have acquired better skills for close textual analysis, writing, and oral expression. Class discussions will address the sociological, ideological, philosophical, and narrative issues raised by these novels. Specific themes we will discuss include: the rise of consumer culture, morality and responsibility, personal loss, death, personal and national memory, cultural marginality, and the absurd. This course fulfills the upper-division post-1800 literature requirement for the French major.
Prerequisites: FREN 250 and FREN 251 or instructor permission
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