French and Italian | Ideas/Culture 17th-century France: Female Voices in 17th-century literature
F424 | 28915 | Bjornstad, Hall

The French seventeenth-century, also known as the “Great century,” was
a period of relative political stability and peace that saw the rise
of France as a major cultural player in Europe. From the public
discussions and presentations of literary works in salons to the
classical tragedies of Jean Racine and Pierre Corneille, and what is
considered by many to be the first modern novel in French, Madame de
Lafayette’s La Princesse de Clèves, female voices would be central to
many of the artistic developments of the period. This course will
examine the polyphony of female voices in central and lesser-known
French texts written by women and men in order to think about
questions of decorum and duty, freedom and modern selfhood, and the
imagining of alternative gender roles. Weekly response papers,
scaffolded final writing portfolio.  The course will be conducted in