RLFR 229
Coffee, Sugar, Wigs, and Desks: Writing and Material Life in Early Modern France Spring 2018
Division I Writing Skills
Cross-listed RLFR 229 / COMP 299
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This tutorial considers the relationship between slavery, colonial commerce, and the burgeoning market in material and cultural goods. We look at France’s “consumer revolution” through the lens of four material objects–sugar, coffee, wigs, and desks–to consider how eighteenth-century concepts of race, gender, and social status related to taste, sociability, appearance, and writerly identity. Readings by Voltaire, Aulnoy, Genlis, Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, and others will be paired with critical texts from literary and material historians as well as objects found in local collections.
The Class: Format: tutorial
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 3415
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: five papers and five responses
Extra Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: RLFR 105, a 200-level course, or instructor permission
Enrollment Preferences: first- and second-year students
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
RLFR 229 Division I COMP 299 Division I

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