French Literature and Civilization: The Classic Age
Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne
Area of Study
French Culture, Literature
High Intermediate, Advanced, Superior
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits1
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units1
Hours & Credits
The 17th Century
After a presentation on the history, politics and esthetics's of the 17th century, the main literary genres will be studied :
- Tragedy : development, definition (s), Corneille and Racine
- Comedy : the discussions and quarrels incited by Molière?s comedies
- The Novel: characteristics and evolutions; La Princesse de Clèves and Madame de La Fayette
The last class will be devoted to the sociological, ethical and aesthetic definitions of classicism, as well as classicism?s decline in the face of the fight between Antiquity and Modernity.
The 18th Century
The lectures will present the major French authors and works of the 18th Century, focusing on the conditions of the literary life, on the existence of large amounts of thought and knowledge, on the role of literature in the search for happiness and in the art of living, and on the ongoing interest to explore the questions asked by the authors.
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.