Enlightenment Narrative: Love, the Family, and Social Order

FRIT-F435 — Fall 2020

statue of Voltaire
Guillaume Ansart
Days and Times
4:45P-6:10P TR
Course Description

Topic: Love, the Family, and Social Order: The Novel from Enlightenment to Romanticism (1730-1815)

This course will be devoted to close readings of six short novels written between the early eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries—four of them by men and two by women—which explore conflicts of love and passion with the institutions representing social order: the family, religion, patriarchy, class divisions, etc.

 We will read the following works: Prévost, Manon Lescaut; Mme de Tencin, Mémoires du comte de Comminges; Mme de Charrière, Lettres de Lausanne; Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, Paul et Virginie; Chateaubriand, Atala; and Constant, Adolphe. Students will be asked to write two papers and take midterm and final exams.

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