Taught in French. The nineteenth and twentieth centuries saw the development of a wide variety of “realist” forms of writing in France. Some authors chose to represent social reality in all its complexity. Others felt the pull of psychological, political, or even “fantastic” realism. These choices led writers to innovate stylistically, to create narrative or poetic forms, such as the “prose poem,” that would force the readers to see the world with new eyes. Through detailed explications de texte (close readings), we will explore these innovations and try to establish a history of French realism. Prereq: FRE 202 or four semesters of college-level French.