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FREN 4468 The Poetry of Modernity: Baudelaire and Mallarmé (Fall: 3 )

Course Description

This course will examine the inauguration by Charles Baudelaire of the poetic, historical, and critical concept of modernity. What is modernity, and what makes poetry essential for a genuine experience of modernity? The course will address these questions by treating key examples of lyric poetry, prose poetry, and prose criticism from both Baudelaire and his first major "reader" Stéphane Mallarmé. It will also consider the reception of these two poets by Paul Valéry, Walter Benjamin, Jean-Paul Sartre, Maurice Blanchot, Paul de Man, and Jacques Derrida, among others.

Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Kevin Newmark

Prerequisites: Two courses from the following RL305, RL306, RL307, RL308, RL309.

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Comments: Conducted in French

Last Updated: 24-Jun-17