HNRS 268

Historical Fiction and French History

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. This course invites students to study the genre of the historical novel on text and on screen. Students will learn history through the fictional adaptation of historical facts, appraise the appeal of the fictional interpretation, and understand the reasons behind the rise of popularity of this genre. The focus will be on French history through such authors as Chretien de Troyes, Mme de La Fayette, Alexandre Dumas, and Maurice Druon. All students will learn a genre of literature that is not generally taught, but deserves to be, not just because of its popularity, in books and in firm, but because of its rich interdisciplinary content. May be counted toward the major or minor in French if all reading and writing is done in French. V.1, V.2