DCA French Literature classes delve into the heart of the French masterpieces, discovering the stories behind the stories of authors such as Voltaire, Flaubert, Stendhal, Hugo, Balzac, Camus, etc.
During the classes, students explore the following topics: setting, historical context, plot summary, main character analysis, key themes, writing techniques, impact of the book and author biography.
Florence Anglade, French citizen and Darien resident, teaches these classes, leading the discussions in English. An interactive class, students are required to read the book in English or French, as well as research ahead of the class.
Upcoming French literature classes
In this Faustian tale, Balzac gives a compelling psychological portrait of his hero, prisoner of the 1831 decadent society, as well as a deep reflection on human nature. Perhaps his most influential work, La Peau de chagrin is believed to have inspired Oscar Wilde’s Picture of Dorian Gray, as well as Sigmund Freud.
Students should read the translation entitled The Wild Ass’s Skin by Helen Constantine (Oxford World’s Classics) prior to the first class.
“VOULOIR, POUVOIR, SAVOIR. (To will, to be able , to know)…. in those three words lies the secret of the magic skin…..”
The class will be offered over two consecutive Tuesday sessions:
April 23rd and 30th
10:30am to 12:30pm
$60 for DCA members, $80 for the public.
There is a minimum enrollment required for this class.
Pre-payment is required for all French Literature classes. Please register online through the link above, or mail your check to the DCA at 274 Middlesex Road, Darien, CT 06820, including your name, class selected, phone and email address for confirmation. Alternatively please contact the DCA during office hours: 9am-3pm Monday to Thursday, 9am-12pm Friday. Contact the DCA for further details at 203-655-9050 or email@example.com. You may also wish to sign up for email notifications of upcoming literature classes; to do so complete this online subscription form.