RLFR 201 Fall 2012 The Voice and the Book: Studies in Premodern France

We are a society of silent readers. Our eyes move back and forth over words on a screen or page, and the act feels private, interior. In earlier times, however, people interacted differently with texts. Besides silent reading, texts were transmitted through recitation and improvisation for groups of listeners. This course offers an introduction to the key periods, artistic movements, and genres of premodern France as they come to bear on the relationship between literature and orality. How did literary forms circulate and develop before and after the invention of the printing press? When did people who write become "writers?" Who read, heard, and performed texts? Who didn't? Over the course of the semester, students will complete regular creative and analytical exercises, visit the Chapin Library and Special Collections, meet with guest speakers, and practice declamation and performance. Readings to include anonymous authors as well as Marie de France, Villon, Labe, Ronsard, Moliere, La Fontaine, Lafayette, Voltaire, Rousseau. Conducted in French.
Class Format: lecture/seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: active class participation, weekly online postings, three short papers, recitation, micro-performance, and final examination
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Prerequisites: French 105, or by French placement exam, or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preference: French 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: 1859
RLFR201-01(F) LEC The Voice and the Book Division 1: Languages and the Arts Annelle M. Curulla
TR 09:55 AM-11:10 AM Weston 031 1859
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