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The Agony and the Malice: Heartbreak in French Literature with Dr. Lise-Ségolène Schreier

Five Sessions Wednesdays, 6:00 pm EDT - 7:30 pm EDT March 27 to June 26, 2024

The Center for Fiction

The ‘With Books’ option includes all titles required for this group at an additional 10% discount from our Bookstore.


Meeting Dates:
3/27, 4/17, 5/8, 5/29, 6/26
In Person at The Center

Heartbroken? You are not alone. Countless artists have written about and because of this particular type of devastation, and countless readers have found solace in reading about it. Heartbreak stories are the very stuff of literature: they are timeless and irrational; they have the power to validate, comfort and distract us. In this group, we will explore how some of the most riveting texts written in French have portrayed heartbreak. We will read about malice and destruction, about the slow agony of reasonable marriages, about sorrow, revenge, and of course about passion. Starting with some of the most celebrated texts of French literature, we will then explore lesser-known narratives about unrequited love and about friendship. All these stories will confirm how much we need and love to read about matters of the heart.

In preparation for the first class, please read Choderlos de Laclos’s Dangerous Liaisons.

What to expect from this reading group: The course will be mostly conversational with occasional interruptions in the discussion for context and clarity.

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    Dr. Lise-Ségolène Schreier

    Dr. Lise-Ségolène Schreier

    Dr. Lise-Ségolène Schreier is Professor of French and Comparative Literature at Fordham University. Her publications have drawn on diverse material such as feminist newspapers, medical travelogues, fashion plates, colonial-era children’s literature, vaudeville theater and early comics. At Fordham, she teaches courses on the nineteenth-century French novel, francophone literature and contemporary fiction writing.