French Literature between Two Wars

Saturday, March 8, 2014
(This program continues for multiple sessions)
Saturdays, March 8 – April 19 (class will not meet March 22)

1 – 3 pm

Led by Rosina Neginsky
This class has been cancelled.

The trauma of the First World War, combined with the influence of Freudian ideas and other cultural upheavals, dramatically shaped French writers. We will study Julien Green’s Adrienne Mesurat, François Mauriac’s Vipers’ Tangle, and Irène Némirovsky’s The Dogs and the Wolves, novels written in French by authors of diverse nationalities. Each writer suggests a different resolution to the alienation of the period and permits us to explore variations in national sensibilities and France as a place of cultural integration.

Rosina Neginsky is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Illinois, Springfield and a specialist in European literature between 1850 and the present.

Materials List

  • Julien Green, Andrienne Mesurat, Hardcover: 350 pages, Publisher: Holmes & Meier Pub; Rev Sub edition (September 1991), Language: English, ISBN-10: 0841911932, ISBN-13: 978-0841911932. Note: the Newberry Bookstore is unable to stock this text.
  • Irène Némirovsky, The Dogs and the Wolves, Paperback: 224 pages, Publisher: Vintage Books (November 1, 2010), Language: English, ISBN-10: 0099507781, ISBN-13: 978-0099507789. Note: the Newberry Bookstore is unable to stock this text.
  • François Mauriac, Viper’s Tangle (Loyola Classics),Paperback: 312 pages, Publisher: Loyola Classics (September 1, 2005), Language: English, ISBN-10: 0829422110, ISBN-13: 978-0829422115

CPDU credit for this course is available for Illinois teachers seeking recertification.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program.

Cost and Registration Information 

Six sessions, $190.
This class has been cancelled.