Where: The Hampton Inn

Cost: $185.00 for 8 session(s)

Type: In Person


Instructor: William A. Fry a founding member of the Learning Curve faculty, taught literature and writing at a Maryland college for more than thirty years.
William A. Fry

The French Connection

France has given world literature some of its greatest writers. We will begin the course with “Chanson de Roland” of the Medieval period and move through the centuries discussing the major movements in French literature, the various genres, changes in character development, style, and themes. We will meet Villon, Moliere, Voltaire, Rousseau, Balzac, Chateaubriand, Dumas, George Sand, Zola, Stendhal, Marcel Proust, Andre Gide, Paul Valery, Stephen Mallarme, and Paul Verlaine. Greater emphasis will be placed on Baudelaire, Flaubert, Hugo, de Maupassant, Colette, Sartre, and Camus. Join Dr. Bill Fry for an 8-week arm-chair visit in France with these talented authors.

Week 1: A brief two-hour survey of French literary greats through the centuries and the cultural context in which they wrote.

Week 2: Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867) – Les Fleurs de Mal (1857)

Week 3: Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880) – Madame Bovary (1857)

Week 4: Victor Hugo (1802-1885) – Les Miserables (1862)

Week 5: Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893) – “The Necklace” from Tales of Day and Night (1885)

Week 6: Colette (1873-1954) – “The Other Wife,”
“The Hand,” from The Tender Shoot (1932) and
“The Blue Lantern” (1949)

Week 7: Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-1980) – No Exit (1945)

Week 8: Albert Camus (1913-1960) – “The Guest” from Exile and the Kingdom (1957)

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