Exoticism: Imaginary Geographies in 18th- and 19th-Century French Literature|
Fall 2018 not offered
This course will consider the fascination with the exotic--with foreign landscapes, customs, and culture--in 18th- and 19th-century French fiction and, to a lesser extent, poetry. Discussions will focus on the representation of foreignness and the construction of the exotic woman, as well as on the status of the European gaze. Major authors may include Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, Chateaubriand, Balzac, Mérimée, Loti, Flaubert, Hugo, Baudelaire, and Gautier.
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|Course Format: Lecture||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(FRST-MN)(FRST)(RMST)
Balzac, "La fille aux yeux d'or"
Baudelaire, "Les fleurs du mal" (selections)
Bernardin de St. Pierre, "Paul et Virginie"
Diderot, "Supplement au voyage de Bougainville"
Montaigne, "Des cannibals"
Segalen, "Essai sur l'exotisme"
|Examination and Assignments: |
- several short papers and re-writes
- final 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 primarily designed for students who have just completed FREN 215 or not taken more than one or perhaps two course in French beyond 215. This class, in short, is perhaps best taken by those students of French who have not yet studied abroad in a French-speaking country. Readings, written assignments and class discussions will be in French.