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
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of department.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Graduate standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

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
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
8Graduate Standing
W 2:00PM - 5:00PM
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ISBN: 9782070376322
Corinne, ou, L'Italie, Author: Madame de Stael ; edition presentee, etablie et annotee par Simone Balaye., Publisher: Gallimard Impr 1985
ISBN: 9782080706294
De la litterature, Author: Madame de Stael. Edit. etabl. par Gerard Gengembre et Jean Goldzink, Publisher: Flammarion Impr 2000
ISBN: 9782080701664
De l'Allemagne, Author: Germaine de Stael ; chronologie et introduction par Simone Balaye. 1., Publisher: Flammarion [Nouveau t 1968
ISBN: 9782080701671
De l'Allemagne, Author: Germaine de Stael ; chronologie et introduction par Simone Balaye. 2., Publisher: Flammarion [Nouveau t 1968
ISBN: 9782081309494
Adolphe, Author: Constant ; presentation, notes, dossier, chronologie, bibliographie par Jean-Marie Roulin., Publisher: Flammarion Ed. revue 2013
ISBN: 9782081222571
Ma vie ; Amelie et Germaine ; Cecile, Author: Benjamin Constant ; edition Jean-Marie Roulin., Publisher: Flammarion 2011
ISBN: 9782253160793
Memoires d'outre-tombe. Livre I a XII, Author: Francois-Rene de Chateaubriand ; nouv. ed. etablie, presentee et annotee par Jean-Claude Berchet., Publisher: Librairie generale francaise Nouv. ed. 2006
ISBN: 9782070412396
Le rouge et le noir, Author: Stendhal. Pref. de Jean Prevost. Ed. etablie et annot. par Anne-Marie Meininger, Publisher: Gallimard Nouv. ed. 2003
ISBN: 9782070371891
De l'amour, Author: Stendhal., Publisher: Gallimard Ed. rev. e 1992
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