French 12: Journey Through French Literature

Instructor: Elsa Duval

Travel has been part of the history of humanity since its inception. It is thus on of the literary themes that are encountered in literature in all periods. In this course, students will be introduced to the history of Francophone literature through the prism of travel accounts. We will examine travel accounts ranging from the 12th to the 20th century written in a variety of literary styles, such as poetry, prose, drama, and essays. The first half of the class focuses on premodern literature, while the second half of the course will study 19th and 20th century texts.