Bienvenue Scholars Spring Hill! Ici vous trouverez de l'information qui sera utile pour vous que vous explorez la langue et la culture françaises.
Find French literature including drama, poetry, and prose in English and in French in these call numbers on the second floor of the Burke Library. You'll also find criticism and history in these classifications.
PQ1-3999 French literature
PQ1-771 History and criticism
PQ151-221 Medieval. Old French
PQ601-771 Prose and prose fiction
PQ(781)-841) Folk literature
PQ845 Juvenile literature
PQ1300-1595 Old French literature
Individual authors and works
PQ1411-1545 To 1350/1400
PQ1551-1595 (14th-) 15th century (to ca. 1525)
PQ1600-2726 Modern literature
PQ1600-1709 16th century
PQ1710-1935 17th century
PQ1947-2147 18th century
PQ2149-2551 19th century
PQ3800-3999 Provincial, local, colonial, etc.
Find Library of Congress Call Numbers for works related to the History of France in these items on the second floor of the Burke Library.
DC1-947 History of France
DC21-29.3 Description and travel
DC30-34.5 Antiquities. Social life and customs. Ethnography
DC44-59.8 Military, naval, and political history. Foreign relations
DC60-424 By period
DC60-109 Early and medieval to 1515
DC62-64 Gauls. Celts. Franks
DC64.7-94 476-1328. Merovingians. Carlovingians. Capetians
DC96-101.7 Hundred Years’ War, 1339-1453
DC101.9-109 15th century. Jeanne d’Arc, Saint
DC110-433 Modern, 1515
DC111-120 1515-1589. 16th century
DC118 Massacre of St. Bartholomew, 1572
DC120.8-130 1589-1715. Henri IV, Louis XIII, Louis XIV
DC131-138 1715-1789. 18th century. Louis XV, Louis XVI
DC139-249 Revolutionary and Napoleonic period, 1789-1815
DC251-354.9 19th century
DC256-260 Restoration, 1815-1830
DC261-269 July Revolution of 1830. July Monarchy, 1830-1848
DC270-274.5 February Revolution and the Second Republic
DC275-280.5 Second Empire, 1852-1870
DC281-326.5 Franco-German or Franco-Prussian War, 1870-1871
DC330-354.9 Later 19th century DC361-424 20th century
DC398-409 Fourth Republic, 1947-1958
DC411-424 Fifth Republic, 1958
DC425-433 21st century
DC600-801 Local history and description
DC601.1-609.83 North, East, etc. France
DC611 Regions, provinces, departments, etc., A-Z
DC701-790 Paris DC801 Other cities, towns, etc., A-Z
DC921-930 Andorra DC941-947 Monaco
Click this link to learn more about the history, culture, and geography of France. You can also access a dictionary and thesaurus.
Colette, born in 1873 in Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye, France, lived a highly eventful life that included three marriages, scandalous affairs, and a bohemian lifestyle. Her varied careers included mime, music-hall performer, wife, mother and renowned author. By the time of her death in 1954, she had become a national figure and the first woman to be admitted to the highly prestigious Académie Goncourt and Légion d'Honneur.
Famous Quotes by Colette include:
"You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm."
"One keeps forgetting old age up to the very brink of the grave."
"You must not pity me because my sixtieth year finds me still astonished. To be astonished is one of the surest ways of not growing old too quickly."
"Voluptuaries, consumed by their senses, always begin by flinging themselves with a great display of frenzy into an abyss. But they survive, they come to the surface again. And they develop a routine of the abyss: It's four o clock. At five I have my abyss..."
"And what a delight it is to make friends with someone you have despised."
"But just as delicate fare does not stop you from craving for saveloys, so tried and exquisite friendship does not take away your taste for something new and dubious."
La France a été le foyer de beaucoup d'auteurs talentueux et de grandes œuvres littéraires. Bien que cette liste ne soit pas exhaustive, vous êtes probablement familier avec les noms qui sont répertoriés. Si non, qu'attendez-vous? Consultez le catalogue aujourd'hui.
Honoré de Balzac, 1799 - 1850
A French novelist and playwright, he is considered one of the "founding fathers" of realism. Check out his La Comédie Humaine.
Samuel Beckett, 1906 - 1989
Even though he began life as an Irishman, he did most of his writing in French and moved permanently to Paris in 1937. In his personal life he is best known for his work with the French Resistance during World War II; in his professional life, he is best known for his play, En attendant Godot (Waiting for Godot).
Cyrano de Bergerac, 1619 - 1655
Best known for Edmond de Rostand's 19th-century play, Cyrano de Bergerac. He was also a poet.
Albert Camus, 1913 - 1960
While he is often considered the "father" of existentialism, Camus resisted any such label. The youngest and first African born author to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, he is best known for a novel that appears on many high school reading lists, L'Etranger (The Stranger).
Victor Hugo, 1802 - 1885
He described himself as a humanitarian and is best remembered for two novels: Les Misérables (The Miserables) and Notre-Dame de Paris, more popularly known as The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Alexandre Dumas, 1802 - 1870
The most widely read French author in history, he is best known for:
Gustave Flaubert, 1821 - 1880
Perhaps his best-known work is Madame Bovary which is considered by most critics as the greatest modern European novel.
Jules Verne, 1828 -1905
Considered one of the first writers of science fiction, his novels include:
There are many more great French authors including,
Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris, France
Considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture in Europe, construction on the Cathedral began in 1163 and was complete by 1345.
Paris Scene - 1925
For most of the twentieth century, Paris was viewed as the cultural capital of the world. From the outside, Paris seemed to be teeming with literary and artistic giants who socialized in fashionable salons. The vision exerted a strange attraction upon young and aspiring artists and intellectuals who flocked to the French Capital from all over the world. The pull was particularly strong for American expatriates who chose to be a part of this vibrant and intellectually challenging "home away from home."
Expatriate activity was the highest during the 1920s and described by Gertrude Stein as "The Lost Generation," which was identified with a generation of young men and women who had lived through the devastation of the 1929 stock market crash and "The War to End All Wars." They formed their own communities, sometimes staying for years, and left behind a legacy that remains significant to this day.
Some of the famous and interesting authors who were part of this scene include:
If you're interested in the life the Paris expatriates lived during the Roaring 20s, check out A Moveable Feat by Ernest Hemingway. Published posthumously in 1964, it remains one of his most beloved works and is a classic memoir of Paris in the 20s. It paints portraits of other expatriates such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Gertrude Stein. He also provides recollections of his own early experimentation with the craft of writing which made him famous and fondly remembered as a true American author.
Faites-vous des amis prompts à vous censurer.
Make friends with those who would be quick to criticize you - Nicolas Boileau-Despreaux
Le plus grand failbe des homes, c'est l'amour qu'ils ont de la vie.
Man's greatest weakness is his love of life - Molière
Ce qui manque aux orateurs en profounder, ils vous le donnent en longueur .
Whatever a speaker is missing in depth, he will compensate for in length - Charles de Secondat, Baron de Monesquieu
Practice your French by viewing some videos. These can be checked out for three days:
TV Commercials in French - Part 1
Call #: PC2066.T83 1999 Pt.1
TV Commercials in French - Part 2
Call #: PC2066.T83 1999 Pt.2
French Intellectuals in the 20th Century
Four parts divided into two DVDs spanning the birth of the intellectuals: Zola and Proust: The Great War, The rise of Fascism, The Nazi Occupation; The French Communist Party and The Demise of the Prophets.
Available for three-day checkout.
DC33.7.F4 2004 Pt. 1 & 2 and
DC33.7.F4 2004 Pt. 3 & 4.
View a feature-length documentary produced by the History Channel that dramatically reenacts the mob of angry Parisians who stormed the Bastille and unleashed a decade of idealism, murder, and carnage that ultimately brought about the end of feudalism and the hope of a new world order. Amidst the violence, you will be introduced to King Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, Maximilien Robespierre, and Napolean Bonaparte while exploring a tumultuous period in Western Civilization.
Check out this DVD for three days:
The French Revolution
Call #: DC 148.F7466 2005