Dear 5 Bank Streeters,
I’m very pleased to inform you that My Ántonia will be on the syllabus of the agrégation d’anglais in France for the next two years. (The agrégation is a national competitive examination that is held once a year and is designed to recruit high school teachers. In the humanities it is often an implicit requirement if you want to get funding for a PhD as its high selectivity is regarded as a good way to assess the student’s level in a given subject. In English there are usually about 2000 candidates for 200 positions.)
French universities will probably hold a few symposia on My Ántonia next year to help the candidates (and their teachers) know the novel better.
Best regards to everyone,
Université Paris Diderot-Paris VII (Université Sorbonne Paris Cité)