ONLINE: This course is taught entirely in French, and will explore the following topics: the industrial revolution from the late 19th- to the early 20th-century in France, the rise of the bourgeoisie, the formation of the working class and the clash between the two classes. Living in overcrowded slums and working long hours, many workers, who often organized strikes, found socialism and Marxism appealing. These workers were brutally repressed by the owning class, who feared being overrun and losing their fortunes. Historical events will be studied through the lens of works by authors such as Balzac and Zola, as well as paintings by artists such as Degas, Manet and Cézanne. Each week, students will be asked to read or watch videos. This should take approximately 60 to 90 minutes of their time depending on their abilities in French. These supplements will enhance class discussions. By the end of the course, students will have a better understanding of life in France during that time. | Lecture + Q&A, Facilitated discussion.
Max enrollment: 15.
Class sessions are recorded.
Claire Davidshofer, a native of France, holds a master's degree from the Université d’Aix-en-Provence in American and English literature. After moving to Maine, she taught courses at the high school level and at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. There she taught courses in the French language, French history and literature, using a multidisciplinary approach. She has taught over 20 different courses at OLLI.