French and Italian | Theatre et essai
F305 | 21517 | Bjornstad, Hall


Topic: Le poids de l'existence.  According to
Montaigne, “Philosopher, c’est apprendre a mourir.” In this course we
will study literature that emerges as a response to the “weight” of
existence, be it by making it easier to carry, by reminding us of the
weight from which we are fleeing, or by staging the encounter between
laughter and tears, pleasure and pain, joy and sadness. We will
alternate between reading early modern and 20th-century texts, more
precisely essays by Montaigne, Pascal and Camus, and plays by
Moliere, Racine, Sartre and Beckett. Course requirements include
short weekly response papers, three 2-page papers and a final
portfolio with rewrites of these. The course will be conducted in
French. Prerequisite: F300 or equivalent. Credit given for only one
of F305 or F303. Fulfills A & H requirement.