FREN-470 The Idea of God in 19th-Century Fiction
This seminar is designed to examine a particular aspect of nineteenth-century French intellectual and religious history--the evolution of the idea of God--through literature. Drawing from novels, stories, and essays by Stendhal, Flaubert, Lamennais, Barbey d'Aurevilly and Zola, we will consider how these writings represent questions of God, religion, and sacred order. We will also focus on the relationship between literature and the secularization of French culture and on the author figure as representative of and substitute for God. Theoretical works will sometimes be used to situate the primary readings within a critical context. This course fulfills the upper-division post-1800 literature requirement for the French major.
Prerequisites: FREN 151 and 1 course between FREN 161-262, or FREN 250 and FREN 251, or instructor's permission
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