FREN 342 - La France moderne
Prerequisite: Three courses at the 200 level. Readings in French literature and civilization of the 19th and 20th centuries. Recent offerings include: La poésie moderne et contemporaine ; Théâtre de l’absurde-Théâtre de la dérision ; L’enfance et l’adolescence dans la prose française moderne. May be repeated for degree credit if the topic is different.
Fall 2017, FREN 342-01: Crime et Société: Du Fait Divers à la Série Noire (3). Prerequisites: Three 200-level French courses or instructor consent. An examination of the rise of crime fiction as a popular genre in 20th-century French literature and film. We discuss public fascination with crime, criminals, detectives, and victims as represented in popular literature and films, and read and discuss critical and theoretical texts to better understand the relationship between crime and society. Students study Georges Simenon, Léo Malet, Jean-Patrick Manchette, Didier Daeninckx, Yasmina Khadra, Lakhdar Belaïd, and Jean-Claude Izzo, among others, give class presentations, and write short analytical papers in French. (HL) Lambeth.
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