FREN-366 Self and Society in 17th Century France
Spring for 2015-2016
Why is the 17th century called “the golden age”, the classicism of French literature? Why do the works from this period remain models of eternal human quest for truth and beauty? What is the relevance of these literary masterpieces for students today? This course will explore possible answers through the study of major works of Mme de Layfayette, Mme de Sévigné, La Rochefoucauld, La Bruyère, Molière, Descartes, Pascal, and La Fontaine. The French mentality remains impenetrable without studying these representative works. Ideas and expressions from these writings have become “common currency” in today’s intellectual and political language and in the French press and media. This course fulfills the upper-division pre-1800 literature requirement for the French major.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: FREN 151 and 1 course between FREN 161-262, or FREN 250 and FREN 251, or instructor's permission
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