This course forms the first part of an Introduction to French Literature survey course. Through the study of excerpts and full-length works of major French writers, it explores the prose, theatre, and poetry that have marked French civilization from the Middle Ages (Marie de France, Villon) to the 18th century. (Voltaire, Rousseau). The course, which is conducted mainly in French, introduces students to the basic concepts of literary analysis and helps them acquire basic literary and critical terminology. Students are recommended to follow this course with FREN 359 (in development).