Course DescriptionEncore Maigret! Maigret is a French fictional police detective of the Paris "Brigade Criminelle" created by Georges Simenon. Maigret encounters the dark side of the human psyche and yet he manages to maintain both compassion and a sense of humor, as he explores the complex motives that lie behind every crime. In this class we will read and discuss, in French, Maigret a Vichy, one of Simenon's popular detective stories, which was written in his later years. It is an enjoyable read but requires a good knowledge of the French language. If time permits we will also read two or three fables from Les Philo-fables, written by Michel Piquemal, copies of which the instructor will distribute at no charge. These provide good discussion topics. For example after reading the fable “L'Esprit des Eaux,” we would debate: should we systematically accept all that we perceive? Discussions in class will be in French. Students may bring to class a hard copy or a Kindle version.
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