This class assumes working knowledge of French, reading and speaking. Students, who provide input into the curriculum, learn about the history of the French language since 842 and literature through the centuries. They get exposed to a few classical authors from the 17th and 18th centuries. Then we focus on 19th century authors in the areas of romanticism, realism and naturalism. We examine the main 20th century trends of surrealism, existentialism, absurdism, and “Nouveau Roman”. We finally look at emerging 21st century trends and main authors, including the 2022 Nobel Prize Annie Ernaux. Students read and discuss texts to maintain and improve their comprehension and conversation skills while learning from novels, poems and plays. No textbook required.
Maurice Bombrun is a French native, experienced teacher and bilingual dual citizen. He teaches and tutors privately with local private and public schools, and has worked for Alliance Francaise. With undergraduate studies at the Sorbonne and LSE London, he holds Master’s degrees from Sciences Po Paris and the University of Grenoble.