French and Italian | Reading and Expression in French
F300 | 3433 | Valazza, Nicolas


Topic: The Discovery of the New World

Europeans claim to have discovered the American continent in 1492,
which was soon to be identified as the New World. Beyond its
geographical aspect, this historical event carried such a strong
cultural impact that the New World came to be seen, notably by
writers, as the Other World, also considered the World of the Others,
with all its historical, sociological, philosophical, but also
fictional and metaphorical implications. Since then, and for
centuries to come, writers have kept discovering the New World again
and again, always lending to it new meanings.

In this course, we will read several texts belonging to different
centuries and literary genres (essay, fiction, theatre and poetry) in
which the topic of the New World is developed in various manners.
Works studied include: the 16th-century essay _Des cannibales_ by
Montaigne, the 18th-century short story _Candide_ by Voltaire, the
18th-century play _L’Île des esclaves_ by Marivaux, a 19th-century
anthology of poems and the 20th-century novel _La Controverse de
Valladolid_ by Jean-Claude Carrière. We will also have the chance to
watch the film based on the latter novel.

The course will focus on textual analysis, and will be conducted in
French. Prerequisite is F250, F255, or F265. F300 fulfills A & H
requirement.