French and Italian | Seventeenth-Century French Literature
F423 | 27252 | Brillaud, Jerome


Discovering the true colors of human nature hidden behind the mask
of conventions has occupied many 17th century thinkers. Who are we
as individuals? Who are we as social beings? are two questions asked
and answered by Moliere, Pascal and La Fontaine. Our readings and
discussions will focus on early modern forms of "psychological"
queries. Texts include Pascal's Pensees, Moliere's
Tartuffe, La Rochefoucauld's Maximes, La Bruyere's
Caracteres, La Fontaine's Fables and Bossuet's
Sermons.