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Voices of women are always being articulated against a long tradition of male writers, even in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. If women writers share what Adrienne Rich has called “a common female culture,” do they also share a common vision, preoccupations, and language? Is there an écriture feminine? We will read novels, a film scenario, and several non-fiction texts in our exploration of these questions in the works of Colette, Nathalie Sarraute, Irène Némirovsky, Hélène Berr, Marguerite Duras, Simone de Beauvoir, Hélène Cixous, Annie Ernaux, and Marie Nimier. What do French women writers of the last 100 years have to say about love, death, war, mothers, fathers, work, play, nature, writing, language, and society? Two oral presentations, one 4 to 5 page paper, one 8 to 10 page final paper, weekly short “reaction papers.” Conducted in French. Cross-listed with WGSS. 

Basic Enrollment Requirements: Unofficial Transcript – Bachelor’s Degree or progress towards a Bachelor’s Degree + 3.0 GPA.

Prerequisite: Must have taken FR 0031 and FR 0032 or equivalent; if you have not, please contact the instructor for permission to enroll

Instructor Approval: Not required

Remission Eligible: Yes, first day of term; all university policies apply

Refund Policy: For-Credit 3+ Weeks

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School of Arts & Sciences