RCLANG 320 - Seminaire en francais
Section: 002 Changes in Modern Narrative: The Short Story
Term: FA 2018
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:

The flourishing of the short story in 19th-century France coincided with the growth of the newspaper industry. More writers than ever before could publish and profit by their work. We recognize short stories from this period by their narrative drive and focus; these are exciting tales that appeal to a wide readership. But what becomes of the short story in the 20th century, during which two major wars dramatically alter the perception of the world and one's place in it? How do writers who question the very possibility of telling a story find expression in the genre? What structural and thematic changes does it sustain? From Balzac to Beckett, we will pursue answers to such queries through a wide range of short stories.

Course Requirements:

Written work will include journal entries and formal essays. Students will also have the chance to give a brief oral presentation. They are expected to come to every class prepared to participate actively in a discussion of the assigned reading.

Intended Audience:

This class is open to students who have passed the RC French Proficiency Exam, taken FRE 235, or received instructor permission. Priority is given to RC students.

Class Format:


RCLANG 320 - Seminaire en francais
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (SEM)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
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