FCS 195H1S

French Culture: From Napoleon to Asterix




A multi-media course, analyzing the contributions the French have made to world culture in such domains as architecture, art, literature, and music, as well as some of the implications of the appropriation of French cultural icons by big business and the media.

Required texts:

Balzac, Honoré de. Sarrasine. Translated by Clara Bell, New York, Kessinger, 2004; Botton, Alain de. How Proust Can Change Your Life. New York, Vintage Books, 1997; Goscinny, René and Albert Uderzo. Asterix the Gaul. Translated by Anthea Bell and Derek Hockridge, London, Orion House, 2004.

Course reader available online.

Assignments and evaluation:

Term work 67% (Cultural analysis: 25%: Midterm exam: 35%; Essay: 25%; Overall assessment: 15%), two-hour final University Examination 33%.