FRENCH 270 - French and Francophone Literature and Culture
Fall 2022, Section 005 - Seduction, Success, and Failure in Love
Instruction Mode: Section 005 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: French (FRENCH)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
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Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Enforced Prerequisites:
FRENCH 235 or RCLANG 320 (completed with a minimum grade of C- or better).
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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This class will explore the representation of love in all of its forms – seduction, disappointment, success, failure, frustration – in medieval France. Using these unfamiliar texts, along with films and a wide swath of images from medieval manuscripts, we will ask how love is born, what that “love” could be, how it’s expressed, and what kind of expectations we have from each other. We will read about knights and queens, yearning young lovers, pedantic scholars and traveling singers. These writers work from different perspectives, over several hundred years, but all seek to describe the trials and triumphs of love – sometimes their own, sometimes stories they’ve heard or invented. Throughout the semester, we will consider how these works can inform our own thoughts on, and expectations for, love. 

We will consider these questions throughout the semester:

  • What do these compositions tell us about the writers’ experiences as lovers?
  • How are their expressions and narratives of love rooted in cultural expectations about education, class, and gender?
  • How can these texts help us to reflect on our own expectations for passion, seduction, love and separation?

 Learning objectives:

  • Familiarize ourselves with different forms of writing
  • Engage in active, spontaneous discussion in French to talk about the texts, our reactions and our ideas.
  • Develop, organize and express opinions and arguments on the texts in French.
  • Experiment with your own self expression in writing or other media.

Grade Breakdown:

  • Participation and Preparation: 40%
  • Two short papers: 40%
  • Final Project: 20%


FRENCH 270 - French and Francophone Literature and Culture
Schedule Listing
005 (REC)
 In Person
MWF 1:00PM - 2:00PM

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