FR340 - Discere et Sociare: Institutions, Knowledge, and Belles-Lettres In The Old Regime - Fall 2013
April 30, 2013
France’s contemporary intellectual and literary landscape comes in large part from the institutionalization of knowledge and of literary production in the 17th and 18th centuries. From the creation of the Académie française in the 1630s, to the development and evolution of literary Salons and the Comédie française, to the launching of the most daring Enlightenment venture of the Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers (1751-1772), this course will examine the interplay between institutions, knowledge, and literature in pre-modern France. Starting in the Renaissance and through the Enlightenment, authors read throughout the course may include: Montaigne, Rabelais, Molière, Scudéry, Pascal, La Fontaine, Boileau, Voltaire, Montesquieu, Diderot, Graffigny, Rousseau, Charrière.
Pre-requisite: French 321 or consent
Taught by Prof. Isabelle DeMarte, email@example.com, 11:30 - 1pm, TTH