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FREN 4475 Poetry and Freedom (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

Poetry today contains within it a notion of freedom: ours, we say, is the age of “free verse.” But what is our poetry free from, or more free to do? This course will investigate French understandings of poetic freedom in the century following the Revolution: the century to which we owe not only vers libre, but also a particularly powerful notion of liberté. Through texts by Hugo, Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Mallarmé, and others, we will reflect on notions of positive and negative liberty, the collision of poetic form with reactionary politics, and the historical specificity of what it means to be “free.”


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): The Department and Liesl Yamaguchi

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