French Realism to Naturalism: Stories by Balzac and Zola

GENINT 721.543

Osher (50+). This course reviews stories by Balzac and Zola and the genre of realism. These authors wrote critically about social classes and every corner of society.

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Starting at $135.00
As few as 11 weeks
0.0 Credits

What you can learn.

  • Identify realism genre
  • Understand social critique writing
  • Analyze various social classes across literature contexts

About this course:

In this course, we meet characters from every corner of society—lords and ladies, businessmen and military men, poor clerks, unforgiving moneylenders, aspiring politicians, artists, actresses, swindlers, misers, parasites, sexual adventurers, crackpots, and more. They appear in the pages of Honoré de Balzac’s The Human Comedy, an interlinked chronicle of nineteen-century modernity in all its splendor and squalor. That work includes the novels that have influenced Balzac’s many literary inheritors—Dostoyevsky, Henry James, Marcel Proust—but also short fiction, some of which we will read. Later in the century, Émile Zola accepted the definition of Realism’s purpose—to write an exact picture of an author’s social environment—and extended his social critique to all classes of society in a series of novels and in short fiction, some of which we also read. Zola is a spokesman for Naturalism’s program: to portray the harsh conditions of the working class. Suggested books: The Human Comedy: Selected Stories (2014) and Émile Zola’s The Attack on the Mill and Other Stories (2000).

Fall 2018 Schedule

These courses meet in person and make use of an online presence to varying degrees.

Available
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Sunday 12:00PM - 2:00PM
Instructor: Leonard Koff
362740
Fee:
$135.00
8 days left. Enroll by Sep 30, 2018
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Notes

No meetings October 21; November 11 & 25, 2018.

Plus members pay only $40 for this course. 

Visitors not permitted. No refund after October 8, 2018.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after October 8, 2018
Course Requirements
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Sun Sep 30, 2018
12:00PM - 2:00PM
UCLA Extension 1010 Westwood
UCLA Extension 1010 Westwood 320
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Sun Oct 7, 2018
12:00PM - 2:00PM
UCLA Extension 1010 Westwood
UCLA Extension 1010 Westwood 320
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Sun Oct 14, 2018
12:00PM - 2:00PM
UCLA Extension 1010 Westwood
UCLA Extension 1010 Westwood 320
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Sun Oct 28, 2018
12:00PM - 2:00PM
UCLA Extension 1010 Westwood
UCLA Extension 1010 Westwood 320
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Sun Nov 4, 2018
12:00PM - 2:00PM
UCLA Extension 1010 Westwood
UCLA Extension 1010 Westwood 320
Lecture
Sun Nov 18, 2018
12:00PM - 2:00PM
UCLA Extension 1010 Westwood
UCLA Extension 1010 Westwood 320
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Sun Dec 2, 2018
12:00PM - 2:00PM
UCLA Extension 1010 Westwood
UCLA Extension 1010 Westwood 320
Lecture
Sun Dec 9, 2018
12:00PM - 2:00PM
UCLA Extension 1010 Westwood
UCLA Extension 1010 Westwood 320

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