FREN 4449 The 18th Century Novel: Libertinage (Spring: 3 )
Libertinage in eighteenth-century France is characterized by the desire for a radical emancipation from all constraints and the systematic pursuit of pleasure. This course will focus on this cultural and intellectual phenomenon, which has recently received much critical attention. We will trace its evolution and analyze its multiple manifestations in ancien-régime French society: in religion, politics, morals, literature, philosophy and the arts. Readings will include pieces of fiction and philosophy of major authors (Crébillon, Marivaux, Diderot, Laclos, Sade) as well as lesser-known writers. Painters (Boucher, Watteau, Fragonard) and other artists who participated in this important movement will also be studied.
Instructor(s): Ourida Mostefai
Last Updated: 21-Feb-14