Balzac – La Comédie humaine – Eugénie Grandet – classe littérature AF Chicago – session automne 2010

Je propose cette fois de découvrir sur une année l’œuvre de Balzac – à travers quatre chef-d’œuvres : Eugénie Grandet, Le Père Goriot, Le Lys dans la vallée et La Cousine Bette.
Chaque roman fera l’objet d’une session et sera étudié en parallèle avec son ou ses adaptations cinématographiques.
A œuvre ambitieuse, projet ambitieux….d’où une année complète avec Balzac vs. une session.
Voici pour l’annonce à l’intention de l’Alliance Francaise:

Littérature Classique: Balzac Series
One year with Balzac’s Human Comedy!
A masterpiece and its film adaptation
Inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy Balzac (1799-1850) created with La Comédie humaine one of France’ s major literary monuments of the nineteenth-century, influencing generations of novelists, such as Emile Zola, Gustave Flaubert, and Marcel Proust. Balzac’s ambitious plan eventually led to over 90 novels and short stories, including more than 2000 characters from every social class and every profession. With acute observation and visionary imagination he depicted in realistic detail the French Parisian and provincial society of his time, showing in his work not only passion, virtue, and faithfulness, but also misery, evil, and greed.

Over the course of one year we will explore four of Balzac masterpieces and show how these novels inspired several film adaptations.
The classes will cover:

• Fall 2010
Eugénie Grandet (scène de la vie de province/Scenes from Provincial Life – 1833)
• Late Fall 2010
Le Père Goriot (scène de la vie parisienne/Scenes from Parisian Life – 1835)
• Winter 2011
Le Lys dans la vallée (scène de la vie de campagne/Scenes from Country Life – 1836)
• Spring 2011
La Cousine Bette (scènes de la vie privée/Scenes from Private Life – 1846)

Each class will focus on one book with its film adaptation and can be taken individually.

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