Special Delivery: The French Epistolary Novel|
Fall 2011 not offered
Before the 18th century, the first-person narrative was generally perceived as self-indulgent, not to mention distasteful. Eighteenth-century readers, however, became fascinated with the looking glass of the first person, with the intimacy, immediacy, and confessional aspect of the JE narrator. It comes as no surprise, then, that the 18th century was the golden age of the ROMAN EPISTOLAIRE, the novel composed entirely of letters. In this class we will read epistolary novels that vary widely in both form and content: from Madame de Graffigny's critique of European society (LETTRES D'UNE PERUVIENNE), to Mme de Charriere's praise of female independence (LETTRES DE MISTRISS HENLEY), to Laclos' portrait of aristocratic libertinage (LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES). We will also read two examples of the epistolary novel's stylistic counterpart, the ROMAN-MEMOIRE.
In addition to its general content, this course will teach students to write effectively and cogently and to reflect on the writing process itself.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(FRST-MN)(FRST)(RMST)
Guilleragues, LETTRES PORTUGAISES
Montesquieu, LETTRES PERSANES
Madame de Graffigny, LETTRES D'UNE PERUVIENNE
Mme de Charriere, LETTRES DE MISTRISS HENLEY
Laclos, LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES
Diderot, LA RELIGIEUSE
Prevost, MANON LESCAUT
|Examination and Assignments: |
Three papers, one term paper, oral presentations.
|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 for credit. All others must take it for a letter grade.
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