Undergraduate Course Descriptions

01:420:160 - Short Stories of France (in English)

This course is mainly intended for non- French majors.

Prerequisites: None.  

Course Description

This online course introduces the student both to modern French culture and to unfamiliar ways of reading. We will examine a handful of attractive short stories, in English translation, by some of the most important French writers of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, attempt to uncover meanings often ignored by a casual reading, and suggest a relation between these meanings and the time when the stories were published. The course is designed for students with no knowledge of French, and will encourage independent and critical thinking on their part. The emphasis will be on informal and free discussion.

Since the course will be taught synchronous, all students, throughout the semester, will be provided with written summaries of what has been covered and discussed in class on each distinct topic (in this case: each short story). This should be particularly helpful to students encountering sudden Internet or other difficulties. In addition, some students may be contacted individually, to help them overcome specific problems.

Language of Instruction


Course URL - A Sakai site will be available at the beginning of the semester.

Satisfies SAS Core Learning Goals

  • Arts and Humanities (AHp): analyze arts and/or literatures in themselves and in relation to specific histories, values, languages, cultures, and technologies.

Satisfies Department of French Learning Goals

  • to encounter French literature, in a historical context
  • to develop critical thinking
  • to start mastering abstract reasoning and concepts
  • to sharpen communication skills, written and oral

Exams, Assignments, and Grading Policy

Attendance and participation 30%
Two papers 30&
Final paper 40%

Detailed guidance for all papers will be provided and discussed in class. Please note that your instructor will do his best to discount absences or tardiness due to technical problems related to equipment or internet connection.

Course Materials

No required textbook. All readings will be available on the course Sakai site.


Prof. Uri Eisenzweig