FRENCH 421 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 to those aspiring towards a higher degree (MA) in French Studies. It serves as an exploration of the 19th-Century novel through the detailed study of three novels: Francois le Champi (George Sand), Eugénie Grandet (Balzac) and Madame Bovary (Flaubert). Although the course focuses on a detailed analysis of only three authors, students will nonetheless be able to expand their horizon through references made to other contemporary novelists such as Chateaubriand, Stendhal, Hugo, Maupassant and Zola.