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FREN 310 Le Roman d’initiation: Journeys to Maturity in French Fiction (CORE—Western Civilization)

Prerequisite: FREN 207 or 208 or permission of the department chair. (First semester—as needed/ 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.