FRENCH 660 - Topics and Themes in French Literature
Section: 001 In the Salon of Germaine de Stael: the Invention of Romanticism
Term: WN 2018
Subject: French (FRENCH)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Novelist, translator, literary critic, political philosopher, memoirist, Germaine de Stael was one of the most extraordinary writers and intellectuals of the early nineteenth century. In her brilliant salon, many of the major writers, artists, philosophers, historians, and statesmen of the age, from all over Europe, gathered in an atmosphere of aesthetic and political ferment which nourished European Romanticism. From Benjamin Constant to Chateaubriand, from Byron to the Schlegels, writers of her circle inhabited a moment in which Romanticism was defined, developed, theorized, and tested: a concept that was international, cross-disciplinary, philosophical, and associated with a variety of political ideologies. In this course, we will study some of the major literary works — novels and memoirs — of de Stael and those around her. These works are a fascinating read in themselves; specifically, however, we will examine their importance for the nascent concept of Romanticism in theory and practice, a Romanticism that remained foundational in the art and thought of the century to follow.

Primary works by Germaine de Stael, Benjamin Constant, François-René de Chateaubriand, Charles Nodier, Stendhal

Class Format:

Readings will be in French but are available in English translation as well.

FRENCH 660 - Topics and Themes in French Literature
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001 (SEM)
15Graduate Standing
W 2:00PM - 5:00PM
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