RLFR 224 Sexuality and Seduction in Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century France (D)

Last offered Spring 2014

Cross Listed as WGSS224
In 1857, both Flaubert's Madame Bovary and Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du mal were put on trial for sexual indecency and "crimes against public morality." In 1868, Le Figaro attacked Zola's novel Thérèse Raquin as "putrid literature" for its depiction of adultery, murder, and scandalous sexuality in nineteenth-century Paris. A century later, Gide, Colette, and Duras continued to shock French readers with their extraordinary novels on male and female homosexuality, inter-generational lovers, and bi-racial relationships. In this course, we will examine a wide range of issues on eroticism and sexuality in nineteenth- and twentieth- century French literature, including marriage and adultery, seduction and desire, love and betrayal, prostitution and fetishism, gay and lesbian identity, cross-dressing and gender representation, exoticism and colonial (s)exploitation. Readings to include novels, shorts stories, and poems by Chateaubriand, Constant, Duras, Balzac, Flaubert, Baudelaire, Zola, Maupassant, Barbey d'Aurevilly, Gide, Proust, Colette, Duras, and Guibert. Conducted in French.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: active class participation, two short papers, an oral presentation, and a final paper
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Prerequisites: RLFR 106 or 107; another 200-level course such as RLFR 201, 202, 203; or by placement test; or by permission of instructor
Enrollment Preference: French majors and certificate students; Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies majors; Comparative Literature majors and those with compelling justification for admission
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under RLFR; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under WGSS
Divisional Attributes: Division I,Exploring Diversity
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Enrollment Limit: 20
Expected Enrollment: 20
Class Number: 3805
RLFR 224 SEM Sexualty 19&20thCentury France (D) Division 1: Languages and the ArtsExploring Diversity Initiative Brian Martin
RLFR 224 SEM Sexualty 19&20thCentury France (D) Division 1: Languages and the ArtsExploring Diversity Initiative Brian Martin
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