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The Giants of French Literature: Balzac, Flaubert, Proust, and Camus by Katherine Elkins

The Giants of French Literature: Balzac, Flaubert, Proust, and Camus

by Katherine Elkins

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In this series of lectures, Professor Katherine Elkins details the lives and works of the premier French writers of the last two centuries. With keen insight into her subject material, Professor Elkins discusses the attributes that made classics of such works as Balzac's Human Comedy, Flaubert's Madame Bovary, Proust's In Search of Lost Time, and Camus' The Stranger. Literary immortals all, these four French authors produced works that reflected their times and exerted a continuing and lasting influence on all the generations that followed.

Lecture 1 Themes and Influence

Lecture 2 Honoré de Balzac: Life and Early Work

Lecture 3 Honoré de Balzac: The Wild Ass's Skin and Père Goriot

Lecture 4 Honoré de Balzac: The Human Comedy

Lecture 5 Flaubert: Life and Times

Lecture 6 Flaubert's Madame Bovary

Lecture 7 Flaubert's Sentimental Education

Lecture 8 Proust: Life and Work

Lecture 9 Proust: In Search of Lost Time, Part One

Lecture 10 Proust: In Search of Lost Time, Part Two

Lecture 11 Camus: Life and Work

Lecture 12 Camus's The Stranger and The Myth of Sisyphus

Lecture 13 Camus's The Plague, The Fall, and The First Man

Lecture 14 Legacy and Questions Raised

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Superb discussion of selected French giants of World Literature
Reviewer ErnestBHook
 January 18, 2021
This is a stimulating series of lectures that inspires one to read the works discussed, although optimally, one should read them beforehand and then read them again after listening to the insights the lecturer brings to her topic. She also places her authors in context discussing additional writers, both French, and those of other cultures also inspiring a desire to read them as well, if one has not already done so. I stumbled across this in the library, and found it so stimulating, I have to ration the time I spend listening to it, and reading the works discussed, because it diverts me from other agenda items.
Ernest B. Hook

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