French Short Stories

Ref: C3528727

The short story is a special an fascinating literary form. It is distinct from the full novel, obviously condensed, concentrated, and usually focused on a single event, moment, person. It requires particular skills to write. French literature contains many examples of the form at its best. Using some of those collected in the Oxford Book of French Short Stories (edited by Elizabeth Fallaize), we will read and discuss the very best of them, including offerings by such well-known writers as Balzac, Flaubert, Maupassant, Colette, Camus, Sartre, de Beauvoir. All in English.

Additional information about this course

NB There is no session on 13th November

Course aim

The aim is to introduce students to the pleasures and significance of short fiction as practiced by some French masters of the form across the past few centuries.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • appreciate the skill in writing a short story
  • enjoy the short-story as a form
  • seek out other short stories
  • understand more about France and the French

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning

What else do I need to know?

  • All students should have a copy of, or access to, the Oxford Book of French Short Stories, ed. by Elizabeth Fallaize.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

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French Short Stories


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