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Does anyone recommend any French literature that would be beneficial to read in the hope of applying to Oxford to study French?
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At the Cambridge open day they said avoid stuff like 'L'etranger' because although it's good, it's something everyone (?? a lot of people) write about on their personal statements. They said try read something a bit different - it doesn't disadvantage you if you've read something they've never heard of because it can be quite refreshing.
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Does anyone recommend any French literature that would be beneficial to read in the hope of applying to Oxford to study French?
Thank you!
I'd try a mix of genres and periods of literature. Here are just some suggestions:

Poetry:
Buy an anthology that lets you dip into the works of various authors.
I'd particularly recommend Baudelaire, whose Les fleurs du mal is available online (with various English translations): http://fleursdumal.org/. Ronsard, Lamartine, Verlaine are also worth a look.

Theatre:
Comedy: Molière (My fave is Le Bourgeois gentilhomme
Tragedy: Racine (Andromaque and Phèdre are good)

For something more modern you might like to look into the theatre of the Absurd (Inoesco etc.) or Sartre's plays (Huis clos, Les séquestrés d'Altona)

Novels:
Short stories by Maupassant and Flaubert.
Candide by Voltaire
Madame Bovary by Flaubert
Le grand Meaulnes is a classic of French literature and reasonably accessible.

I read Les liaisons dangereuses in yr13, though it was a bit hard for me at the time.

You could also perhaps try some non-fiction like the philosophical writings of Rousseau or Voltaire.

You in no means have to read anything near this number of books to get in, but these are just some suggestions.

p.s. If you have any further questions about French at Oxford, feel free to ask.
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I'd try a mix of genres and periods of literature. Here are just some suggestions:

Poetry:
Buy an anthology that lets you dip into the works of various authors.
I'd particularly recommend Baudelaire, whose Les fleurs du mal is available online (with various English translations): http://fleursdumal.org/. Ronsard, Lamartine, Verlaine are also worth a look.

Theatre:
Comedy: Molière (My fave is Le Bourgeois gentilhomme
Tragedy: Racine (Andromaque and Phèdre are good)

For something more modern you might like to look into the theatre of the Absurd (Inoesco etc.) or Sartre's plays (Huis clos, Les séquestrés d'Altona)

Novels:
Short stories by Maupassant and Flaubert.
Candide by Voltaire
Madame Bovary by Flaubert
Le grand Meaulnes is a classic of French literature and reasonably accessible.

I read Les liaisons dangereuses in yr13, though it was a bit hard for me at the time.

You could also perhaps try some non-fiction like the philosophical writings of Rousseau or Voltaire.

You in no means have to read anything near this number of books to get in, but these are just some suggestions.

p.s. If you have any further questions about French at Oxford, feel free to ask.

Phedre is so weird, I like it though!
Do you study French and Oxford then? I turned down a place on a French/Chinese course at Oxford, always wondered what it would be like!
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Phedre is so weird, I like it though!
Do you study French and Oxford then? I turned down a place on a French/Chinese course at Oxford, always wondered what it would be like!
Yeah, Racinian theatre often requires you to suspend disbelief. It's highly stylised and not what you'd call particularly realistic.

Yeah, I study French at Ox. It's intense and really interesting, though not everyone's cup of tea (Mainly because of the literature focus).
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Yeah, Racinian theatre often requires you to suspend disbelief. It's highly stylised and not what you'd call particularly realistic.

Yeah, I study French at Ox. It's intense and really interesting, though not everyone's cup of tea (Mainly because of the literature focus).
That's the reason I turned it down Too much literature!
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