French and Italian | French Renaissance Prose
F513 | 25790 | MacPhail, Eric


This course covers a wide range of prose works from sixteenth-
century France. We will study letters, essays, novels, short
stories, bible translations, travel accounts, political treatises,
and philosophical dialogues by authors famous and obscure, humorous
and solemn, terse and prolix. We will also review the lexical and
grammatical peculiarities of sixteenth-century French while
attending to the typographic conventions of Renaissance printed
books (ie. trip to the Lilly). This semester’s reading list includes
Pantagruel by Rabelais, l’Heptaméron by Marguerite de
Navarre, la Deffence et illustration de la langue Françoyse
by Joachim Du Bellay, le Discours de la servitude volontaire
by Etienne de la Boétie, Histoire d’un voyage faict en la terre
du Brésil by Jean de Léry, and les Essais by Montaigne.
Students will do a brief exposé in class and write a 15-page term
paper on a topic chosen in consultation with the professor.