French 2312 French Short Story

"Il s'agit de tirer hors de l'inconscient, pour le faire entrer dans le domaine de l'intelligence" 

(Marcel Proust)   Syllabus Spring 2014

All linked material is for educational purposes only; for questions contact: Professor Suzanne LaLonde

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Texts in order they will be studied:


1.) Selected Fables by Jean de la Fontaine:

(Le chene et le roseau 1)  (La cigale et la formi 2) (Le loup et le chien 3)



2.) The Complete Fairy Tales in Verse and Prose/ L'Integrale des Contes en vers et en prose

by Charles Perrault:

Extract Le Petit Chaperon Rouge (Scanned copies)

Extract Cendrillon (Scanned copies)



3.) Contes Pour Enfants Pas Sages by Jacques Prévert  

(Follow the link above to access public versions of the short stories. Audio versions are below.)

1.) L'autruche

2.) (audio file) Le jeune lion en cage

3.) (audio file) Scène de la vie des antilopes 

4.) (audio file) Le dromadaire Mécontent

4.) Les contes rouges du chat perché by Marcel Aymé 

*Extract: (Le Paon scanned copies)


5.) Comment Wang-Fô fut sauvé by Marguerite Yourcenar

(Purchase book.)


6.) Neuf contes et nouvelles by Guy de Maupassant   

Extract (L'enfant Scanned copy)



7.) Sept contes-Amandine ou les deux jardins by Michel Tournier

*Extract: (Amandine Scanned copy) (audio file)

8.) Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

(Purchase book.)




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