Love and Loss in Medieval and Early Modern French Literature and Culture|
Spring 2021 not offered
COL 217, MDST 220|
The interconnected themes of love and loss encompass others such as desire, passion, friendship, death, separation, and grief. This course introduces students to the uses of these themes in French literature of the medieval and early modern periods by reading a range of texts, from the courtly romance and lyric poetry, to the essay, the novella, and theater. We will examine how men and women treat these themes, and we will be especially sensitive to the ways in which women write in genres traditionally dominated by men. Topics of study will include the body, virtues and vices, marriage, sexuality, seduction, chastity, and violence. We will also place emphasis on improving French pronunciation and on developing oral presentation and written skills. Readings, papers, and discussions will be in French.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ARHA)(CGST-MN)(COL)(FRST-MN)(FRST)(MDST-MN)(MDST)(MDST-Art/Arch)(MDST-History)(MDST-Lang/Lit)(MDST-Phil/Reli)(RMST)
Chrétien de Troyes, LE CHEVALIER DE LA CHARRETTE
Christine de Pizan, CENT BALLADES (selection)
Mme de Lafayette, LA COMTESSE DE TENDE
Louise Labé, OEUVRES POETIQUES (selection)
Marguerite de Navarre, HEPTAMERON (selection)
Michel de Montaigne, "DE L'AMITIE"
Jean Racine, ANDROMAQUE
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Two 3-page papers, one oral presentation, response papers, final exam.
|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 introductory course intended for students who have just completed FREN 215 or not taken more than one course in French beyond 215 and not yet studied abroad in a French-speaking country. Readings, written assignments and class discussions will be in French. Only COL students may 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. All readings, assignments, and discussions in French.
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