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Douglas P Collins
FRENCH 418
Seattle Campus

French Literature of the Early Twentieth Century

Twentieth-century literature, with emphasis on the period 1900-1939. Prerequisite: FRENCH 303; either FRENCH 304, FRENCH 305, FRENCH 306, or FRENCH 307.

Class description

A survey of the major intellectual currents in France from 1900 to 1939. There will be special focus on the theme of a decadent Europe that dominates many of the writings of the period, especially after the World War I. Lectures will cover such central matters as Bergsonism, Surrealism, the "Negritude" movement, the theme of the necessity of a transforming non-Western sacred (in the writings of the members of "Le college de sociologie," Malraux, Nizan and Artaud).

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture and discussion, in English

Recommended preparation

French 306 is recommended for French undergraduate majors.

Class assignments and grading

One paper of approximately 10 pages and reading of required texts. (Texts available are in French.)

Midterm 30% Final exam 40% Paper 30%


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Last Update by Samuel J Dickson
Date: 05/07/1998