MEMS 445 - Literature of the Sixteenth Century
Section: 001 Betrayal and Deceit
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS)
Department: LSA History
Requirements & Distribution:
Class Misc Info:
Class conducted primarily in French.
Enforced Prerequisites:
Three courses in FRENCH numbered 300 or above.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Class conducted primarily in French. Suspicion of betrayal and intrigue led many in the Renaissance to cultivate the ideal of a more "sincere" inner life in order to overcome intense social pressures. But can one ever be completely sincere with others? with oneself? We examine why sincerity has risen to the status of the preeminent modern virtue. Readings from Chartier's La Belle Dame sans merci, Castiglione's Courtier, Marot's L’Adolescence clémentine, Du Bellay's Regrets, Montaigne's Essais, Shakespeare's Hamlet, Molière's Misanthrope, La Rochefoucauld's Maximes, and Voltaire's Candide. Films include À bout de souffle [Breathless] (1960), North by northwest (1959), Der Amerikanische Freund (1977), Ripley's Game (2002), Plein Soleil (1960), The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), Human Nature (2001). Four papers, two revisions, two exams, two quizzes, brief presentation, and a visit to special collections to examine original editions of the works read.

MEMS 445 - Literature of the Sixteenth Century
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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