FREN 4484 Fantastic Short Stories in French (Fall: 3 )
This course will offer a study of the most representative texts (and some films) of the genre le fantastique examining them from several perspectives. We will explore the historical reasons for the emergence and popularity of the genre in the 19th century France. Drawing on various theories of the fantastique (e.g.Todorov, Freud), we will define its particularity in relation to neighboring genres (such as fairy tale, horror, and science fiction) and see how fantastic imagination echoes the modern crisis of interpretation. The following authors will be discussed: Nodier, Mrime, Gautier, Maupassant, Balzac, Villiers de lIsle-Adam, among others.
Instructor(s): Larysa Smirnova-Elentuck
Last Updated: 07-Dec-13