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FREN 4471 Sanctuary, Asylum, and Sacred Space (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

“Sanctuary!” Quasimodo exclaims as he saves the gypsy Esmeralda from imminent execution by whisking her into the great cathedral of Victor Hugo’s Notre-Dame de Paris. But what exactly does Quasimodo understand the word “sanctuary” (asile) to mean? In this course, we will investigate of concept of sanctuary in Nineteenth-Century France, considering examples drawn from literature, civil and religious law, philosophy, and the arts. Topics to be covered include architectural and psychological constructions of sacred space, the emergence of a political right to asylum, the role of the church in the structure of sanctuary, and the invention of the “insane asylum.”


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Liesl Yamaguchi and The Department

Prerequisites: None

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in French. Fulfills one of the 4000-level requirements for the French major or minor.


Last Updated: 07-Apr-17