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Survey of French Literature

Course Details

Course Number
Section Number
Spring 2011
Prothro-Yeager Hall
Classroom Number
py 204
Days & Times

Tu/Th 12:30-1:50

Dr. Stuart Allan McClintock (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Moments literaires, 2nd edition
Le Colonel Chabert
Course Objectives

This course introduces you to the major movements in French literature and works by representative authors from these movements. This semester covers the period from the French Revolution in 1789 to today. The background of each period will be studied first. We will then study the biographies of important writers within each period and examples of their works. We will be studying prose, drama, and poetry. Along with the study of periods, writers, and their works, you will learn literary terminology appropriate to each form of writing. The terminology is found starting on page 231 of your text.

Course Expectations

Required Texts: Moments littéraires, Hirsch and Thompson, current edition; A French-English or a Larousse French dictionary; Le Colonel Chabert, European Masterpieces, Stuart McClintock, editor; L’Etranger, Albert Camus, Folio edition .

The course will be conducted in French. You will have two three-to-five page essays during the semester. The first deals with poetry, and the second is the written version of your oral presentation. There will be quizzes and/or tests on the background from each period and on the biographies of the authors. Finally, you will answer questions at the end of each work studied and at the end of each period studied. Always be prepared to discuss your written answers orally.

Grading Standards


Quizzes                                             20%    

First Essay                                       10%

 Oral Presentation/2nd Essay      20%    

Written work                                     10%

 Tests                                                20%    

Final Exam                                       20%

Final Exam 05/12/2011 10:30-12:30
Submission Format Policy Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Late Paper Policy

none stated

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

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We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

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Safe Zones Statement

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Attendance Requirements

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