RLFR 300 Spring 2013 Feminine Perversions in Nineteenth-Century French Literature

In the nineteenth-century, women were often depicted as frail, fragile, and weak. Yet many texts (poems, short stories, plays, novels) express a fear of the feminine. Mothers are seen as freaks of nature, wives as adulterous man-eaters, women as seductresses and manipulators, or ghouls and vampires, leaving men as mere prey, victims of the feminine monster. This course will discuss women's roles in nineteenth-century France, mythical and historical representations of women, the institution and challenges of marriage, and the balance between male and female power in intimate relationships. Reading to include texts by Villiers de l'Ile Adam, Gautier, Merimee, Maupassant, Flaubert, Balzac, Zola, and Baudelaire. Conducted in French.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: active class participation, quizzes, a mid-term paper, an oral presentation, and a final paper
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Class Number: 3887
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RLFR300-01(S) SEM Feminine Perversions 19 Cntry Division 1: Languages and the Arts Celine Brossillon
W 1:10 PM-3:50 PM Hollander 040 3887
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