RCLANG 320 - Seminaire en francais
Section: 002 Prevert and Friends on Stage
Term: FA 2009
Subject: RC Languages (RCLANG)
Department: LSA Residential College
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Proficiency test and permission of instructor.
May be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Jacques Prévert’s opus mirrors the changes and upheavals of the mid-20th century in France. Be it in his poems, film-scripts or songs, he helps us to trace and understand the social and artistic developments of his time: the Surrealist movement, the cubists, the advent of the first socialist government in France, the Second World War. His dedication to social justice, to the anti-war movement and to the protection of nature, colored by humor and a humanistic approach, permeates his writings, even his celebrated love poems. We will also read other poets (Aragon, Eluard) and prose-writers (Queneau, Allais) who tackled these questions in the same period.

The course will draw on Prévert’s and others' multi-faceted literary production as a support to introduce students to the historical background of that period; as a means to become acquainted with other artists of the time who were friends with Prévert (Picasso, Doisneau); and as a vehicle to help students to increase their knowledge of, and ease with, the language.

The final project will be a public performance of some of Prévert’s texts, and will use the many talents of the participants (researching, performing, singing, illustrating and helping with the multi-media presentation).

Students taking this course must be prepared to come to all extra sessions and rehearsals. Final grade will take into account four papers, participation, progress, and performance.

RCLANG 320 - Seminaire en francais
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
14RC Ugrd
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (SEM)
MW 2:00PM - 3:30PM
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