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Proust and the Play of Time
FREN 310
Spring 2009
Section: 01  
Crosslisting: COL 310

Arguably the most important work in twentieth-century French literature, Marcel Proust's A LA RECHERCHE DU TEMPS PERDU provides a rich and often satiric picture of French society in the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century. It broke new ground in terms of its philosophical, aesthetic and psychological insights, as well as its narrative form, influencing the great majority of writers in France (and many elsewhere) since its publication, We will study three aspects of time in LA RECHERCHE: historical time, Proust's thinking about our experience of time, and the play of time in the form of the novel itself. We will discuss his ideas about memory, mortality, art , and literature, as well as his trenchant analysis of love and jealousy. We will study DU CÔTÉ DE CHEZ SWANN, and approximately half of both À L'OMBRE DES JEUNES FILLES EN FLEURS, and LE TEMPS RETROUVÉ. Attempts to translate Proust into other media--BANDE DESSINÉE, and film--will also be brought into play.

Essential Capabilities: Speaking, Writing
Students will practice and improve their skills in writing and speaking coherently and effectively about literature. Guided revision of papers is encouraged.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA RLAN
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (FRST)(RMST)
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

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