Paris, France

The Classics of French Literature | No.4

when 22 July 2019 - 26 July 2019
language French
duration 1 week
fee EUR 450

The Sorbonne Summer University offers 14 cycles - 12 in French and 2 in English - taught by academics from the Sorbonne University.

This cycle of conferences offers a journey through the major works of French literature, to discover or rediscover emblematic texts, basics of common culture. In particular, we discuss the works that made an impact when created as well as their aftermath. We thus examine what makes a classic, by considering the various ways in which literary productions play with aesthetic codes and fashion models - from the Renaissance to the contemporary period. Each conference tackles a particular period of French literature and analyzes two works.

The sixteenth century: from Ronsard to Agrippa d'Aubigné

The seventeenth century: from Malherbe to La Fontaine

The eighteenth century: from Voltaire to Sade

The nineteenth century: from Balzac to Zola

The twentieth and twenty-first centuries: from André Gide to Michel Houellebecq

Registration is possible for a single week or for multiple ones.

Course leader

Sandrine La Neelle

Target group

Students, tourists, or curious Parisians ! (A good level of French is required: B1)

Course aim

Discover the ongoing debates in various scientific fields, while delving deep into the French civilization and being taught by professors from the renowned Sorbonne Université.

Credits info

A course certificate will be delivered.

Fee info

EUR 450: Courses, conferences and a visit of the Sorbonne are included in the price. Optional cultural activities are available and can be added to the course program.