A Bourgeois Woman in Interwar France: A Reading of Thérèse Desqueyroux by François Mauriac

Tuesdays, 10 am - 12 pm

Facilitator: Anna Amelung 

In 1952, François Mauriac won the Nobel Prize in Literature “for the deep spiritual insight and the artistic intensity with which he has in his novels penetrated the drama of human life.” We will read and discuss his best novel, a slim 100-page literary masterpiece often compared to Madame Bovary, portraying a provincial bourgeois woman, Thérèse, caught between modernity and tradition, rebellion and resignation. We will also watch scenes from a 2012 film and compare them to the original text.
Textbook: Thérèse Desqueyroux, François Mauriac, translated by Gerard Hopkins, Penguin Modern Classics, ISBN:  978-0141394053


The Kill, Émile Zola, Oxford World’s Classics. ISBN ‎ 978-0199536924)

TuesdaysJuly 11 – August 1, 202310 am – 12 pmIn-person
WashU West Campus
Registration opens June 6