This class assumes working knowledge of French. Students, who provide input for the curriculum, learn about the history of the French language since 842 and literature through the centuries, with a special focus on 17th century French classical literature. We also study key18th century trends and authors in the Age of Enlightenment. The 19th century was the century of Romanticism, Realism and Naturalism. We examine the main 20th century trends of Surrealism, Existentialism, “Nouveau Roman”, and Absurdism theater We finally look at emerging 21st century trends and main authors. Students read and discuss texts and articles to maintain and improve their comprehension and conversation skills while learning from authors and writers. 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 Paris and the University of Grenoble.