The Department of French and Italian

F C 349 • Fictions Of The Self/Other

36920 • Wettlaufer, Alexandra
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM BEN 1.122
(also listed as C L 323, CTI 345, EUS 347, WGS 345)
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In this course we will examine representative works from 19th and 20th-century French literature, from Balzac's Realism of the 1830s to Beckett's Theatre of the Absurd of the 1950s. We will consider literature in its relation to history, with special attention both to form and style in the development of narrative, prose poetry and avant-garde theatre. All students will be expected to give one in-class presentation on an aspect of French culture and history related to one of the works we are reading, and this presentation will be turned into a brief (5-7 page) paper. A final paper on a French novel from this period not included on the syllabus will be due the last day of class.



Class participation: 20%

In-class presentation: 20% Short paper: 25%

Final paper: 35%



Balzac, Old Goriot Baudelaire, Spleen de Paris Flaubert, Madame Bovary Proust, Swann 's Way Colette, The Vagabonde

Camus, Exile and the Kingdom

Sartre, No Exit

Becket, Waiting for Godot

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    University of Texas at Austin
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    Austin, TX 78712-1800