French And Italian | Prose et poésie du dix-septième siècle
F425 | 2331 | Hinds

In their study of prose and poetry from seventeenth-century France, students
will be asked to pose questions concerning gender identity and sexual politics.
What is the difference between sex and gender?  What debates from previous
centuries persisted to have an impact on the representation of gender?  Do
writers treat gender as an essence or do they point out its social construction
in their texts?  How do writers of different sexes use literary language to
discuss gender identity?  Students will keep these questions in mind as we
read literary examples of various esthetic traditions: libertinage érudit,
baroque, preciosity, classicism, and proto-enlightenment.  Prose readings will
include Honoré d'Urfé's L'Astrée, Guilleragues'
Lettres portugaises, and Mme de Lafayette's Princesse de Clèves.
We will also study the poetry of Théophile de Viau, Malherbe, Maynard,
Voiture, Benserade, Régnier, Boileau, and Mme Deshoulières.  Grading
will be based on presence, participation, preparation, two explications de
texte, a mid-term examination, and a final examination.