Advanced undergraduate students may enroll in graduate level courses with instructor permission.
FREN 5520/8520 Topics in 16th Century Lit: Masculine/Feminine: Gender, Sexuality, and Self in French Renaissance Literature
This course will examine texts from a variety of genres in which men and women of the sixteenth-century write about themselves and each other, constructing similarities and differences, expressing love or hatred, admiration or rivalry, perplexity or a claim to know. What ideas of the body, sex, and gendered roles informed their thinking? 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.
W 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm (Ferguson)
FREN 5530/8530 Topics in 17th Century Lit - French Baroque Culture
There are many ways of framing French culture in the period from the last quarter of the sixteenth century to the first quarter of the eighteenth century. Sometimes called the “long seventeenth century,” or simply “early modernity,” this period reveals different aspects when considered in conjunction with the “Baroque,” a term about which French literary studies have exceptionally ambivalent. Yet the term “Baroque” contextualizes the French experience within the European and the colonial culture of absolutism, of the Counter-Reformation, of
heliocentrism and other disruptive scientific advances, and of growing controversies about Modernity (e.g. the Quarrel of the Ancients and the Moderns). In this seminar we will consider the hypothesis that the “Baroque” can be fruitfully understood not simply as a style but as a set of solutions to a crisis of organization in knowledge, belief, and politics.
R 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm (Lyons)
FREN 7500 Topics in Theory and Criticism: Introduction to Literary Theory
This course serves as an introduction to theoretical texts we encounter most frequently in the discourses of literary criticism. Our aim is to gain a deeper understanding of how literature has been thought and debated as well as how literary criticism has been practiced over time.
In the first part of the course, we will read key texts of the critical tradition from antiquity to the early twentieth century. In the second part of the course, we will survey the major theoretical movements of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries such as formalism/ structuralism/ deconstruction, reader response theory, psychoanalysis, feminism/ gender studies/ queer theory, postcolonial studies, eco-criticism/ animal studies.
T 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm (Lyu) French House