Thèmes et perspectives littéraires et culturels: Exotic Hero(in)es

FRIT-F375 — Fall 2022

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Guillaume Ansart
LH 120
Days and Times
TR 3:00P - 4:15P
Course Description

We will read six short French novels from the 18th and 19th centuries, written by men and women, featuring exotic—and often erotic—heroines and/or heroes: Montesquieu’s Lettres persanes (1721), Mme de Graffigny’s Lettres d’une Péruvienne (1747), Voltaire’s L’Ingénu (1767), Chateaubriand’s Atala (1801), Mme de Duras’s Ourika (1823), and Mérimée’s Colomba (1840).

Two in-class exams and one take-home paper with rewrite.

Image credit: Cover illustration of Ourika by Mme de Duras, Flammarion (2010), via



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