Writing the French Revolution|
Fall 2017 not offered
"Liberty, equality, and fraternity" was the slogan of the French Revolution and features three concepts of enduring interest. In this seminar we will explore the French Revolution and its antecedents--and what these can mean for us today. In the process we will delve into a number of ways of thinking and modes of representation: historical thinking, of course, but we will also get a sense of the origins of sociology and political science, the power of scientific thinking, and differences between literary and visual representation (especially films). This course will also serve as a writing workshop emphasizing the nuts and bolts of good writing and experimenting with such rhetorical modes as argument, personal narrative, persuasion, and fiction-writing.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Credit/Unsatisfactory|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (FRST-MN)
Natalie Zemon Davis, THE RETURN OF MARTIN GUERRE
Peter Weiss, THE PERSECUTION AND ASSASSINATION OF JEAN-PAUL MARAT As Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Ten written assignments (of various types) of no more than one page, one expanded to 3-5 pages and another to 5-7 pages. Each assignment will be revised once. One oral presentation with another student about a particular film and its bearing upon the course. No exams.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
The course will be graded on a pass/no pass basis, and students must achieve a minimum cumulative grade of C+ (78.5) in order to pass the course. Students are required to come to office hours at least once. In lieu of a final grade, students will receive written comments available also to her/his adviser. The expectation is that the comments will serve as the basis for a conversation about intellectual growth and curiosity, objectives, and verbal skills (written and oral) and assessment.
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