What is the course about?
In these 3 sessions, we will look at the career of Malraux as a writer and a politician and how it impacts on the French society.
What will we cover?
- Malraux in the 1920s and 30s: Smuggling statues in Cambodia, criticising French colonialism in Indochina, leading a small air force for the republicans in Spain, fighting the rise of Nazism.
- Malraux in the 1940s and 50s :Taking part in the French resistance, leading the “ Alsace-Lorraine” brigade, meeting Nehru and Mao Tsé Tong
- Malraux, in the 1960s and 70s: Siding with Ch. De Gaulle, becoming a minister for Cultural affairs, saving the Paris Marrais district from destruction, putting “ la culture” at the heart of French policies.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- speak about Malraux career
- understand his influence in French politics and culture.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should have an advanced level of French (Citylit French 4 or 5 level / B2 onwards), as the class will be delivered in French.
Some additional documents will be available in English. You do not need to be an accomplished historian to enjoy the course.
Active participation is expected.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This is a lecture, and is therefore tutor-led. You will also learn by looking at movies and documentary extracts and
reading some short extracts of Malraux’s novels.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Any French 4 or 5 course appropriate to your level - see our self-assessment chart, on our website or in the prospectus. For further advice, please contact the Languages Department.