19th-Century Fictions of Desire|
Spring 2012 not offered
COL 326, FGSS 327|
From romantic passion to decadent perversion, 19th-century fictions place desire at the core of identity, even and especially if it is unsatisfied. But is desire ours? Do we really know what we want? In this course, we will read a range of short stories and longer fictions about love and desire, asking where desire is located, how it may be gendered, how it is affected by time, how its objects are found, and how literary forms are structured by desire's many manifestations. Authors may include Constant, Balzac, Sand, Flaubert, and Maupassant. All readings and discussion in French.
The class will focus on close readings of texts, which students will be asked to discuss in terms of language, literary structure, and historical context. Students will be asked to substantiate their interpretations in written essays.
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Balzac, UN CHEF D'OEUVRE INCONNU
Flaubert, MADAME BOVARY
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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 introductory course intended for students who have just completed 215 or not taken more than one course in French beyond 215 and not yet studied abroad in a French-speaking country. Students who are not admitted to the course through pre-registration are strongly encouraged to submit an enrollment request and attend the class the first day.
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