Course description

This course which is conducted in French focuses on French fictional works which use humor to "dorer la pilule" or make more palatable the social ills and political dangers they reveal. With naifs and rebellious women as protagonists these coming-of-age stories raise questions about the relationship between social critique and self-discovery. We will explore nuances of irony parody satire and slapstick in works by Voltaire Bernard Vargaftig Driss Chraibi and Raymond Queneau.


  • Lecturer on Romance Languages and Literatures and Director of Undergraduate Studies in Romance Languages and Literatures, Harvard University

Associated Schools

  • Harvard Division of Continuing Education

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