FRENCH LITERARY ENTHUSIASTS

THE FRENCH INSTRUCTIONAL BOOK CLUB OF L’UNION FRANÇAISE

FOR FALL 2021

The Metaphysical Middle Ages

The people of France during the Middle Ages saw little division between the empirical and the mystical. Consequently, their literature is filled with monsters, magical maidens, and miracles. We will explore their literary works, translated from Middle and Old French, Anglo-Norman, Latin, and Burgundian manuscripts into modern French. We will visit the coast of Brittany with Marie de France, consider the battle of Orléans with Christine de Pisan, and imagine odd mysteries with Rutebeuf, among others. We will study the historical and cultural contexts of these works as we read — and hopefully, you will see the world briefly through the eyes of another time. Expect to clutch your pearls for the naughtiness of the period as well as the extraordinary piety. What was once old is now so forgotten it just might be new. The door to this time machine is open. Come be surprised.

This class is open to upper intermediate and advanced students of French.

This is an instructional book club. Note that this series is in French and requires at least an intermediate French ability for participation. Students may sign up for individual books, or they may sign up for the whole semester at a discounted price.

All meetings take place on Saturdays at noon via Zoom.

Tuition is $150 for the entire semester.

Contact Anne Babson for additional information at anne_babson@yahoo.com

Christine de Pisan

Rutebeuf

Marie de France