FRENCH LITERARY ENTHUSIASTS
THE FRENCH INSTRUCTIONAL BOOK CLUB OF L’UNION FRANÇAISE
FOR FALL 2020
C’est Compliqué – It’s Complicated: Odd Relationships in French Literature
The book club theme for Fall 2020 will be C’est Compliqué/”It’s Complicated” — odd relationships depicted in French literature. We will explore some important works of literature from French authors that describe problematic relationships that are difficult to define — a trope in French literature since the Middle Ages. As relationships may be in real life, they may be inflected by social power structures and political contexts, and a few are simply imbued by notions of magic and regret. We will understand these important works of literature from a literarily critical context, in a larger historical context, and we will study them for vocabulary and grammar as well.
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 three-week modules, 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 $100 for the semester.
Individual 3-week modules are priced at $30.
Contact Anne Babson for additional information at firstname.lastname@example.org
Selected works by Marie de France
September 12, September 19, September 26
Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Choderlos de Laclos
October 3, October 10, October 17
Au Bonheur des Dames by Émile Zola
October 24, October 31, November 7
Les Bonnes by Jean Genet
November 14, November 21, December 5