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French 139: Creative Writing in French — Writing the Autobiography

Readings:

Course Reader; D’Astragal, Laure, J’écris ma vie pour mieux me connaĂ®tre. Ed. Albin Michel. ISBN-10: 2226250530 ; Lesot, Adeline,  Bescherelle poche Mieux rĂ©diger: L’essentiel pour amĂ©liorer son expression ISBN-10: 2218952408

Course Description:

This course offers an introduction to creative writing in French. Using their French language skills, students will work on producing elements of a personal narrative that will culminate with an autobiographical piece. We will read autobiographies produced by writers of French and Francophone expression. Throughout the semester, students-writers will work on aspects of the creative process including the crafting of a story, elements of narrative writing, style, rewriting and editing. The work will involve in-class discussion, writing workshops and reading and writing assignments. The class will discuss and provide constructive criticism for students’ autobiographical writing in a supportive workshop environment. Readings will include works by Rousseau, Colette, Sartre, Duras and Ernaux, among others.

Prerequisites:

French 102 or consent of instructor.

Additional information:

This course satisfies one “Elective” course requirement in the French major.  Satisfies L & S breadth requirement in Arts and Literature. Priority enrollment for declared French majors.  Course conducted in French.

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