FRENCH 420 is designed for students who intend to major in French or to graduate in Education with French as a teaching subject. This course is also vital to those who intend to pursue translation as a profession and those aspiring towards a higher degree (MA) in French Studies. It serves as an introduction to 19th-Century French poetry and theatre, through the study of (1) a substantial selection of the work of some traditionally well-known male poets, (2) the work of the hitherto little-known women poets, (3) a play chosen from the Romantic period On ne badine pas avec l’amour, which remains popular in contemporary France to this day, and (d) Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du mal. Baudelairewill be given prominence as a central figure in the evolution of 19th-Century French literary aesthetics, and as a precursor of French symbolist literature. What is particularly innovative about this course is the inclusion of women poets (most of whom have so far been excluded from courses in 19th- Century French literature). These women poets were not only contemporaries to, but indeed close literary associates of, some of the literary giants of 19th-Century France. The one play included in the course suffices to demonstrate the close relationship between poetry and drama in the Romantic period. FREN 358 is the normal pre-requisite for FREN 420.