Spring 2022

Introduction to French Literature and Culture

Listed in: French, as FREN-207

Formerly listed as: FREN-07


Raphael Sigal (Section 01)


Through class discussion, debates, and frequent short papers, students develop effective skills in self-expression, analysis, and interpretation. Literary texts, articles on current events, and films are studied within the context of the changing structures of French society and France’s complex relationship to its recent past. Assignments include both creative and analytic approaches to writing. Some grammar review as necessary, as well as work on understanding spoken French using video materials. Highly recommended for students planning to study abroad. 

 Requisite: FREN 205, or completion of AP French, or four years of secondary school French in a strong program. Fall semester: Professor Katsaros. Spring semester: Professor Sigal. 

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Instruction in languages other than English; emphasis on written work; textual analysis; readings; oral presentations; group work; in-class quizzes and exams; some visual and aural analysis. Students with documented disabilities who will require accommodations in this course should be in consultation with Accessibility Services and reach out to the faculty member as soon as possible to ensure that accommodations can be made in a timely manner.

This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
W ou le souvenir d’enfance Imaginaire Gallimard Georges Perec Amherst Books TBD
Petit Pays Livre de poche Gaël Faye Amherst Books TBD
Contrastes (2nd edition) Pearson: Prentice Hall Denise Rochat Amherst Books TBD
Contrastes (Workbook) (2nd edition) Pearson: Prentice Hall Denise Rochat Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Spring 2008, Fall 2008, Spring 2009, Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Fall 2021, Spring 2022, Fall 2022, Spring 2023, Fall 2023