Confession in French 20th-Century Literature|
Fall 2014 not offered
Since the CONFESSIONS OF ST. AUGUSTINE, the subject and function of confession has gone through considerable change. After exploring the notion of secret and the distinctions between autobiography and confession, this course will discuss the main developments that have occurred in the literature of confession. We will focus on the shift from confession of vice to confession seemingly lacking an object. Among other topics, we will discuss the conditions that appear to make confession a masculine rather than a feminine undertaking.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (FRST)(RMST)
Tentative reading list:
LES CONFESSIONS (extraits), Rousseau
ALEXIS OU LE TRAITE DU VAIN COMBAT, Yourcenar
CONFIDENCE AFRICAINE, Martin du Gard
LA HONTE, Ernaux
LE LIVRE BRISE, Serge Doubrovsky
Additional texts by Borel, Althusser, Genet, Foucault and others will be provided.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Two short essays and a final paper. Students will be asked to make several short presentations in class.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
While any student who has completed FREN 215 (with a minimum grade of B) or has placed out of FREN 215 through the placement test may sign up for this course, it is an advanced course intended for students who have already taken two courses in French beyond FREN 215 or already studied abroad in a French-speaking country. Readings, written assignments and class discussions will be in French. Only COL students my take this course CR/U. All others must take it for a letter grade. Students who are not admitted to the course through pre-registration are strongly encouraged to submit an enrollment request and attend the first class.
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