Honors | Colloquium in French Studies: Romanticism & Revolution (FRIT)
F450 | 25982 | Emanuel Mickel


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 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 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.