Paris--New York: French Writers of the Beat Generation|
Spring 2014 not offered
|This course may be repeated for credit.|
The founders of the Beat Generation--William Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, and Jack Kerouac--were all deeply inspired by the works of many French writers. From Paris to New York and from New York to Paris, we will reconstruct the narrative of this significant but often overlooked literary relationship. To conduct our investigation, we will proceed in three stages and look at three eras, that is to say, we will read works by Burroughs, Ginsberg, and Kerouac but will focus on several short texts by their French precursors to ask ourselves which aspects of French literature Burroughs, Ginsberg, and Kerouac might have transmitted to American culture, a thorny question that will lead us to a discussion of crucial issues in the field of modern comparative literature.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(FRST)(RMST)
Charles Baudelaire, poems from LE SPLEEN DE PARIS (1869)
Paul Verlaine, poems from SAGESSE (1881)
Arthur Rimbaud, poems from ILLUMINATIONS (1886)
Saint-John Perse, ANABASE (1924)
André Breton, NADJA (1928)
Louis-Ferdinand Céline, excerpts from VOYAGE AU BOUT DE LA NUIT (1932)
Antonin Artaud, VAN GOGH LE SUICIDÉ DE LA SOCIÉTÉ (1947)
Henri Michaux, CONNAISSANCE PAR LES GOUFFRES (1961)
Jean Genet, L'ENNEMI DÉCLARÉ, RECUEIL DE TEXTES ET ENTRETIENS (1991)
William Burroughs and Jack Kerouac, AND THE HIPPOS WERE BOILED IN THEIR TANKS (1945)
Allen Ginsberg, SELECTED POEMS (1947-1995)
William Burroughs, NAKED LUNCH (1959)
William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, Sinclair Beiles and Gregory Corso, MINUTES TO GO (1960)
Jack Kerouac, SATORI IN PARIS (1965)
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Short papers, exposés
|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 215 or already 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.
All class discussion conducted in French.
Any COL students may take this course CR/U. All others must take it for a letter grade.
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