FREN 3304 – Studies in Genre

A study of the formal elements that constitute genre: its textual components and its historical and literary manifestations. Each time the course is offered, a particular genre is analyzed exclusively, alternately French poetry, theater, and novel. In French poetry, the course will focus on poetic forms and versification through the Troubadors, Villon, the Pl‚iade, romantics, symbolists, and modern free verse. In French theater, the course will emphasize analysis through performance as it traces theater's origins in medieval liturgical drama and follows with MoliŠre, Racine, Corneille, Beaumarchais, and the Theatre of the Absurd. In the French novel, the course will trace the evolution from early forms of novelistic writing such as the epistolary novel through the great literary movements of the nineteenth century (realism, romanticism, naturalism) up to the modern novel. Prerequisite: FREN 2014 and FYS-1104. IV; V