Advanced undergraduate students may enroll in graduate level courses with instructor permission.
FREN 5520/8520 – Topics in 16th Century Lit: Masculine/Feminine: Writing the Self and the Other in Late Renaissance France
Through the lens of gender, this course will examine texts of a variety of genres in which men and women write about themselves and each other, constructing similarities and differences, expressing love or hatred, admiration or rivalry, perplexity or a claim to know. In a period marked by new humanist models of learning, the perennial querelle des femmes, and the outbreak of civil war, sexual, social, political, and religious categories are at once circumscribed and fluid; the stakes of writing are high; the exploration of the self and the other in history is an undertaking at once urgent, tentative, and contested.
Principal texts: Ronsard, Labé, D’Aubigné, Marguerite de Valois, Montaigne, Gournay, and others.
R 3:30 – 6:00 (Ferguson)
FREN 5560/8560 Topics in 19th Century Literature
Quel mode d'attention la poésie requiert-elle de nous? Quelle relation y a-t-il entre le regard poétique et le regard quotidien? Nous proposons d'examiner des textes poétiques et théoriques de l'époque moderne pour apprécier ce que nous apporte la poésie. Nous examinerons en particulier comment la poésie nous apprend à être attentifs à ce qui est perceptible et imperceptible, et de ce fait, élargit l'horizon de notre vie. Nous lirons les poèmes de Baudelaire, Mallarmé, Ponge, Jaccottet, et les pensées théoriques d'autres auteurs selon nos besoins, pour voir comment la poésie laisse apparaître les choses et ainsi nous fait renaître
W 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm (Lyu)
FREN 5570/8570 Topics in 20th & 21st Century Literature: Palimpsestic Culture: Remakes, Rewritings, Recyclings and Other Aesthetic Borrowings in Modern and Contemporary France
Pre-requisite: Graduate students from departments other than French are welcome. Undergraduate students must obtain instructor permission prior to enrolling.
Every text, as Roland Barthes wrote, is “a tissue of citations.” This course proposes to test that claim through a series of discussions around works of modern and contemporary French fiction and film, mostly, that borrow from, echo, steal, rewrite, remake, or recalibrate, sometimes explicitly and sometimes less so, other works of art or portions thereof. Topics and artists under consideration will very likely include the following: New Novels, and the New New (Robbe-Grillet, Echenoz, Toussaint); Strangers, three ways (Camus, Daoud, Houellebecq); Waiting for the Apocalypse in Gracq and Rolin; Readymades, or Nothing New Under the Sun (Viel, Duchamp); France? France. (Fienkielkraut, Zemmour, Bailly, Depardon); Traces and Shadows (Perec, Resnais, Haneke); Narrative as Theme (Flaubert, Ozon). In addition to requiring the kind of pre-professional tasks that are usually required of students in advanced graduate seminars (oral presentation, reaction papers, a research project), this course will also invite participants to consider ways the material on the syllabus might be incorporated, which is to say taught, in an advanced undergraduate seminar. Course taught in both French and English.
T 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm (Blatt)