Libertines and Libertinage|
Spring 2012 not offered
While the term "libertin" is now generally associated with a lapse in sexual mores, its 17th-century connotation derived more specifically from the Latin word "libertinus," which meant freed slave. In this seminar we will examine the evolution of the notion of the libertin as well as the larger question of "libertinage" during the early modern era. Beginning with those thinkers whose method and ideas inevitably came into conflict with more traditionally orthodox notions, this class will also look more thematically at the various forms of libertinage that came into existence during the 17th and 18th centuries, e.g., religious libertinage and sexual libertinage. Readings, discussions, and papers in French.
Students in this course will spend a significant amount of time interpreting and comparing different ethical systems.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(FRST)(RMST)
Authors to be read may include:
Molière, DOM JUAN
La Fontaine, various Contes
Fontenelle, ENTRETIENS SUR LA PLURALITÉ DES MONDES
Crébillon fils, LES ÉGAREMENTS DU COEUR ET DE L'ESPRIT
Diderot, LE SUPPLÉMENT AU VOYAGE DE BOUGAINVILLE
Vivant Denon, POINT DE LENDEMAIN
Sade, LA PHILOSOPHIE DANS LE BOUDOIR
Casanova, HISTOIRE DE MA VIE
|Examination and Assignments: |
Class presentations, two short papers, and one final research paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
While any student who has completed FREN215 (with a minimum grade of B) or has placed out of FREN215 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 215 or already studied abroad in a French-speaking country.
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