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Moments littéraires: An Anthology for Intermediate French, 2nd Edition

  • Bette G. Hirsch Cabrillo College
  • Chantal P. Thompson Brigham Young University
  • ISBN-10: 0618527737  |  ISBN-13: 9780618527731
  • 320 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 1992
  • © 2006 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $153.75



Using a proficiency-oriented approach, Moments littéraires provides intermediate- to advanced-level French students with an excellent introduction to French and francophone literary masterpieces from the Middle Ages to the present day. The selections are carefully chosen for their popular appeal, student interest, and linguistic accessibility. An innovative pre- and post-reading apparatus allows students to increase their proficiency in the four skills as they develop a working knowledge of French literature.

Features and Benefits

  • Strategies for Speaking section in the Chapitre préliminaire gives students the tools they need to approach advanced-level speaking proficiency and participate comfortably in whole-class and small-group conversations.
  • Literary and cultural readings include selections from the late 20th and early 21st century that inspire student conversation and literary and cultural understanding.
  • Francophone selections include works by French-speaking authors from Africa, the Caribbean, the Maghreb, Canada, and the contemporary French-speaking world, exposing students to a broader range of French literature.
  • Enriched Perceptions questions encourage students to elaborate in French in a more sophisticated way.
  • Additional features include Post-reading Compréhension activities, Critical-thinking and Synthèse activities, and reading and writing strategies.
  • Proficiency-oriented reading approach develops advanced-level reading ability and moves classes toward advanced-level speaking proficiency.

Table of Contents

Chapitre Préliminaire
Strategies for Successful Reading
Strategies for Successful Writing
Strategies for Speaking: From Minimal Answers to Elaborations
Chapitre 1: Le Moyen Age
Marie de France, Le Lai du laustic
(Anonyme), La Farce du cuvier
Charles d'Orléans, Le Printemps
Chapitre 2: Le Seizième Siècle
François Rabelais, L'Abbaye de Thélème
Louise Labé, Je vis, je meurs
Joachim Du Bellay, Heureux qui, comme Ulysse, a fait un beau voyage
Pierre de Ronsard, Ode à Cassandre
Montaigne, De l'amitié
Chapitre 3: Le Dix-septième Siècle
François de La Rochefoucauld, Les Maximes
René Descartes, Discours de la méthode
Blaise Pascal, Les Pensées
Madame de Sévigné, Lettre à Monsieur de Coulanges
Madame de Sévigné, Lettre à Madame de Grignan
Jean de La Fontaine, La cigale et la fourmi
Jean de La Fontaine, Le loup et l'agneau
Molière, L'Ecole des femmes
Chapitre 4: Le Dix-huitième Siècle
Montesquieu, Lettres persanes
Voltaire, Histoire d'un bon bramin
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile ou De l'éducation
Marivaux, Le Jeu de l'amour et du hasard
Chapitre 5: Le Dix-neuvième Siècle
Victor Hugo, Demain, dès l'aube...
Alphonse de Lamartine, Le Lac
Honoré de Balzac, Le Père Goriot
Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary
Emile Zola, Au Bonheur des dames
Paul Verlaine, Les faux beaux jours
Arthur Rimbaud, Le Dormeur du val
Charles Baudelaire, Correspondances
Chapitre 6: Le Vingtième et le Début du Vingt et unième Siècles
Guillaume Apollinaire, Le Pont Mirabeau
Jacques Prévert, Le désespoir est assis sur un banc
Albert Camus, Le Mythe de Sisyphe
Jean-Paul Sartre, Les Mains sales
Eugène Ionesco, La Cantatrice chauve
Jean Anouilh, Antigone
Annie Ernaux, La Vie extérieure
Amélie Nothomb, Les Catilinaires
Yann Apperry, Farrago
Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clézio, L'Africain
Jean-Christophe Rufin, Globalia
Chapitre 7: La Francophonie
A. La litterature francophone d'Afrique noire et des Antilles
Aimé Césaire, Cahier d'un retour au pays natal
Léopold Sédar Senghor, Femme noire
Cheikh Hamidou Kane, L'Aventure ambiguë
Aminata Sow Fall, Douceurs du bercail
Patrick Chamoiseau, Chemin d'école
B. La litterature francophone du Maghreb
Tahar Ben Jelloun, L'enfant de sable
Leïla Sebbar, La Jeune fille au balcon
C. La litterature francophone du Canada
Louis Hémon, Maria Chapdelaine
Gabrielle Roy, De quoi t'ennuies-tu, Eveline?
Félix Leclerc, Moi, mes souliers

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Meet the Author

Author Bio

Bette G. Hirsch

Bette Hirsch is Instructor of French at Cabrillo College, California. She holds a BA from the University of Rochester and an MA and PhD from Case Western Reserve University--both in French Literature. She is a member of the original group of instructors trained by ACTFL as Oral Proficiency trainers and then testers in 1982 and 1983, and has conducted proficiency and curriculum workshops in Australia, Canada, Finland, and Japan as well as in the US (in French and ESL).Bette has been President of the Association of Departments of Foreign Languages (ADFL) and served on the Advisory Committee for Foreign Languages and Literatures of the Modern Language Association (MLA), acting as Chair in 1999 through 2000. She has served on the College Board's Foreign Language Advisory Committee and has been an Advanced Placement Reader for ETS. She helped write a Model Curriculum Guide for Secondary School Foreign Language Programs in California, and contributed to the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF) standards project. Bette formed one of the first four model collaborative groups that evolved into the Academic Alliances project. She was a recipient of a French Government Bourse for summer study in Toulon, France in 2003. She currently is a member of the Community College Committee of the MLA.Publications include three textbooks, literary criticism, computer programs, monographs and articles. Her full biography is included in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, Dictionary of International Biography, Who's Who in American Women, and Who's Who in American Education.

Chantal P. Thompson

Chantal Péron Thompson is a native of Quimper, France. She graduated valedictorian from one of the largest high schools in France (le Lycée de Kérichen à Brest) and developed a love of writing under the spell of the wind-swept coast of Brittany. At age sixteen, she was National Champion of France in the long jump. She went on to attend the University of Rennes and came to the United States to perfect her English and attend graduate school. She ended up getting married and staying! She has been on the faculty at Brigham Young University since 1973 and has earned many teaching awards. The latest is a distinguished University Professorship (1998-2008). She founded the African Studies Program at Brigham Young University and has taken several groups of students to Senegal. She currently directs first-year French courses and trains and supervises a team of fifteen to eighteen student instructors each semester. Thompson is a certified ACTFL Tester and Trainer and conducts workshops worldwide on teaching and testing for proficiency. Her speaking engagements have included keynote addresses at major conferences from Salem, Oregon, to Bangkok, Thailand. She has also presented a series of ACTFL webinars (March-April 2011). Thompson is the primary author of MAIS OUI! a first-year French text (Houghton Mifflin/Cengage Learning 1996, 2000, 2004, 2009, 2012); ENSUITE, a second-year text (McGraw-Hill, 1989, 1993, 1998, 2003); and MOMENTS LITTÉRAIRES, a literary anthology for intermediate-level courses (Heinle/Cengage Learning, 1992, 2006).