FREN-361 Adventures in Modern Theory and Literature
This course is designed to introduce students to modern literary and cultural theory and to different ways of reading literature. We will examine the evolution of literary and cultural theory from formalism to psychoanalysis, structuralism, Marxism, feminism, queer and cultural theories, and deconstruction. These theories will be read with and applied to important nineteenth- and twentieth-century French short stories, poems, and films. The theorists to be studied include Bakhtin, Freud, Saussure, Levi-Strauss, Barthes, Foucault, Cixous, Marx, Althusser, Fanon, Derrida, and others; the short stories and poems include works by Balzac, Djebar, and Vercors. In the class, we will look at how social, political, and cultural changes have influenced literary theory and have altered our ways of reading. Readings will be in both French and English; discussions and papers will be in French. This course fulfills the upper-division post-1800 literature requirement for the French major. Cross-listed with Comparative Literature.
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