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FREN 4450 Becoming: Metamorphosis in 19th Century (Fall: 3 )

Course Description

19th-century France is obsessed with "becoming." Realist novels often explore this metamorphosis in terms of upward mobility and sexual freedom: the bumpkin-turned-metrosexual, the cross-dresser, etc. But narratives of becoming also play with fantasy and horror: animate statues, creepy dolls, robots, and the secret life of fashion all explore the weird relationship between the animate and the inanimate and probe existential questions about the very meaning of "alive." We'll analyze various narratives of becoming in literary texts, visual art, essays to ask what the fantasy of metamorphosis tells us about the interchangeable status of human and thing in the modern world.

Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Lauren Ravalico

Prerequisites: Two courses from the following: FREN3305, FREN3306, FREN3307, FREN3308, FREN3309.

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Comments: Conducted in French

Last Updated: 24-Jun-17