FREN 4480 Marriage & Modernity (Spring: 3 )
In this course we will investigate how heterosexual marriage has shaped modern French culture. The French have a particularly interesting marriage history because the 1789 Revolution led to the legalization of divorce and an early feminist awakening that called into question the sanctity of marriage and its promise of happiness. Reading stories of perfect marriage, desperate housewifery, "spinsterhood", and prostitution, we will study the relationship between the ideal of marriage and the lived reality of womanhood in the post-Revolutionary 19th century. We will conclude by examining French marriage in film 100 years later during the Sexual Revolution of the 1960s.
Instructor(s): Lauren Ravalico
Last Updated: 21-Feb-14