Autobiography - Autofiction

Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Autobiography - Autofiction

  • Host University

    Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne

  • Location

    Paris, France

  • Area of Study

    French, French Culture, Literature

  • Language Level

    Intermediate, High Intermediate, Advanced, Superior

    Hours & Credits

  • Contact Hours

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Program by session:

    - Brief overview of French literature and definition of concepts.
    - For a modernist vision of the novel: Marcel Proust, In Search of Lost Time.
    - Reflections on writing, queries on narrative forms; to write to reconquer his identity: Georges PEREC, W or the memory of childhood.
    - Marguerite Duras (1) presentation via a press kit to discover the French literary press: A dam against the Pacific; the Lover; the Lover of North China.
    - Marguerite DURAS (2): personal memories - collective memory: Pain / Robert Antelme: The human species.
    - Patrick Modiano (1) and autofiction. The autobiographical pact.
    - Patrick Modiano (2), Dora Bruder
    - The autosociofiction: Annie ERNAUX: The place / A woman / The frozen woman.
    - Darrieusecq, Angot, E.LOUIS and the others ... .. from autofiction to exofiction.
    - Interculturalities on the studied subject: Anne Franck, Primo Levi, Jorge Semprun, Aharon Appelfeld ...... .. / Preparation for the exam.


    Define the different concepts.
    Discover and understand the outstanding authors of the 20th and 21st centuries.
    Understand how individual memory and personal history blend or merge with the history of a country and the collective memory.
    Argue to legitimize writing your own story when the real truth is gone.
    Try a comparative and intercultural approach with mirroring excerpts from French and foreign literature.

    Pedagogical approach
    Interactive conference with many cultural contributions giving an important place to the participation of a non-French speaking audience

    Preferred supports
    During the conference: Power point support and distributed documentations

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

Eligibility for courses may be subject to a placement exam and/or pre-requisites.

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.