RLFR 250 Spring 2015 Women in Print:Gender, Power, and Publishing in Seventeenth-and Eighteenth-Century France

This course introduces students to seventeenth-and eighteenth-century French studies through an investigation of women in print. How did women participate as writers, artisans, distributors, and consumers of print? What do their ideas and practices tell us about the shifting power dynamics within the book trade and beyond? After a brief historical introduction, the course will focus on a correspondence, advice manuals, political tracts, tragedies, memoir-novels, erotic fiction, and other works by Bernard, Charrière, Duras, Graffigny, Guyot, Lafayette, Scudéry, and others famous and forgotten. Consideration will also be given to the book as a material object through readings as well as visits to archival collections. Key issues: censorship and publicity; the invention of the author; gender and canon formation; Old Regime social hierarchies; patronage, publics, and pay. Conducted in French.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: active class participation, weekly online postings, two short papers and final paper
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Prerequisites: French 201, 202, or 203, or by placement test, or by permission of the instructor
Enrollment Preference: French, Comparative Literature, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies majors, and those with compelling justification for admission
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
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Enrollment Limit: 20
Expected Enrollment: 20
Class Number: 3919
RLFR 250 - 01 (S) SEM Women in Print Division 1: Languages and the Arts Annelle M. Curulla
MR 1:10 PM-2:25 PM Schapiro Hall 241 3919
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