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FREN 510 Le Roman d’initiation: Journeys to Maturity in French Fiction (Humanities Elective)

Prerequisites: 5 courses in French at the 200 level or above, or departmental approval. (3 credits) 

This course examines the genre of the “roman d’initiation,” a group of novels whose primary concern is the emotional, social, intellectual and sexual maturation of a young protagonist. By studying this theme across several centuries and by analyzing its psychological and social contexts in a selection of novels and films, the class will attempt to define the genre and explain its prevalence in French fiction.