What is some essential frenchcore?
Zola, Rousseau, Voltaire, who else?
French canon, confirmed writers + an example of their work:
>Rabelais - Gargantua and Pantegreul
>Madame de Lafayette - Princess of Cleves
>Fontaine - The Fables
>Racine - Phaedra
>Moliere - The Misanthrope
>Montaigne - The Essays
>Pascal - Pensees
>Voltaire - Candide
>Descartes - Discourse on Method
>Leibniz - because fuck you, he wrote in French. Read his essays and letters.
>La Rochefoucauld - The Maxims
>Rousseau - Emile (yes, Emile)
>Diderot - Rameu's Nephew
>de Sade - Justine
>Montesquieu - Persian Letters
>Tocqueville - Democracy in America
>Ballsack - Pierre Goriot
>Dumas - Count of Monte Cristo
>Flaubert - Madame Bovary
>Verne - Michael Strogoff
>de Maupassant - his fucking short stories
>Baudelaire - The Flowers of Evil
>Proust - Swann's Way
>Valery - The Young Parca
>Apollinaire - Alcools
>Rimbaud - A Season in Hell
As for the phil:
And when you grow tired of post-structural rubbish:
>Fanon(depending on what you mean by "french")
Most french lit written around the scientific revolution and/or the enlightenment isn't worth reading. Pascal is the exception here. Montaigne is overrated as fuck, and is only popular today because he anticipated post-structuralism by 400 years. Rabelais is baby boomer bullshit with "b urself" morals.
Not shitty, but simply dangerous due to their inherent nihilistic element. It's due to this element that the IDF is actually able to utilize Deleuze's writings for coming up with new warfare strategies.