French and Italian | French Studies-Traditions & Ideas
F450 | 25982 | Mickel, Emanuel J.


Romanticism and Revolution.  This section designed for Hutton Honors
College students. In this course students will read an anthology of
poetry from early Romanticism through Baudelaire to Mallarmé. In
these poems we shall explore how the poetry of the nineteenth century
reflects the Revolution philosophically, aesthetically, and in
prosody. To this anthology we shall add three or four short novels.
In Barbey’s _L’Ensorcelé_ we explore the question of regionalism and
the conflict between the city and the feudal past in the Revolution.
In Barrès’ _La colline inspirée_ we shall examine the deep ties of
the Church to France’s history and the problems of the Church in a
secular state hostile to the country’s monarchic past and to the
Church. In Stendhal’s _Le Rouge et le noir_ we see a novel of
specific time and place that provides significant commentary on the
effect of the Revolution on French society. Finally, in Henri
Murger’s _Scènes de la Vie de Bohème_, the novel on which Puccini
based his opera, _La Bohème_, we see the role of the artist in the
life of a modern industrial city and in the new life of the
developing French Republic.