This course, designed around group discussion, will examine French short stories from the late 19th and 20th centuries. Each week will center on a specific author, and all short stories will be different from the first iteration of the course. Participants will be asked to analyze each story in terms of theme(s), meaning, point of view, and other conventions of the short story based on a list of study questions available seven to 10 days in advance. Authors may include Colette, Maupassant, Romain Gary, and Françoise Sagan.
Caroline Smadja specializes in adult education and has over 30 years’ teaching experience with learners of all backgrounds and nationalities, including at OLLI SFSU. A French native and graduate of Paris VII, she holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from Pacific University and is a published poet and writer.