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Hutton Honors College

 — Indiana University

FRIT-F 300: Adulteres et Trahisons
Professor Nicolas Valazza*
Section 10361 TuTh 2:30-3:45pm GA 0007


As evidenced by the story of Helen of Troy, which lead to the events recounted in Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, adultery and betrayal are at the foundation of Western literature. While society has always condemned infidelity and disloyalty for undermining social cohesion, adultery and betrayal have proven to be inexhaustible sources of inspiration for novelists, poets and playwrights, to the point of creating a moral exception for literature, intended as a space of transgression.

This course aims to question the meaning of this transgression through the reading of a selection of novels, verses and theatrical plays, from the medieval narrative of Tristan et Iseut, to Camus' novella "La Femme adultere," through a selection of Fables by La Fontaine, Racine' tragedy Phedre, Moliere's comedy Tartuffe and a selection of Contes by Maupassant.

Student grades will be based on class preparation and participation (10%), a 10-minute oral presentation (20%), two compositions (30%), a mid-semester exam (20%) and a final essay (20%). The course will be conducted in French.

Section 4371
Section 4371