Thematic and formal developments in literature of the period with emphasis on movements and texts in relation to cultural background. Prerequisite: FRENCH 303, which may be taken concurrently.
Students will read and discuss masterpieces of Medieval and Renaissance literature. Medieval texts will be read in modern French translations. The following topics will receive special attention: models of gender and kinship; violence and the social order; the human body in love and death; spirituality and desire. Class will be conducted in French.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lecture and some discussion.
As the course will be conducted in French, completion of French 302 or its equivalent is required; French 303 recommended.
Class assignments and grading
Assigned readings and short paper.
Midterm and final exam, written work, in-class participation.