This course will be devoted to close readings of six short novels written between the early eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries - four of them by men and two by women - which explore conflicts of love and passion with the institutions representing social order: the family, religion, patriarchy, class divisions, etc...

We will read the following works:

Prévost, Manon Lescaut
Mme de Tencin, Mémoires du comte de Comminges
Mme de Charrière, Lettres de Lausanne
Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, Paul et Virginie
Chateaubriand, Atala
Constant, Adolphe

Students will be asked to write two papers (6-8 pages each) and take a final exam.