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David Birdsong, Chair 201 W 21ST STREET STOP B7600, HRH 2.114A, AUSTIN, TX 78712 • 512-471-5531

Fall 2006

FR 356 • Sex & Power Plays in 17th Century Theatre

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
37110 TTh
9:30 AM-11:00 AM
BEN 1.106

Course Description

Sex and Power Plays in 17th century Theater

Le Pouvoir Et Le Désir: systemes de structures des pieces du XVIe siecle

In this course we shall encounter the classic greats: Corneille, Moliere and Racine and discover no less superb plays of Rotrou, Scarron, Quinault, Dancourt and Regnard. Comedies, Tragedies, Tragicomedies reflecting the human condition and the age. 17th Century French theater showed the power, interplay and intertwining of sexual desire, feminist outrage, and political intrigue.
We shall see too the art of the repartee and savage wit. Moliere knows how to deliver a witty insult:
--Say what's wrong with that cheeky fellow carrying that big enema bag.
--Oh nothing, he's just not use to talking to faces!
We shall show films of Comedie Francaise productions and other treatments of this most important medium in France; 17th century theater in all its expressions, lazzi, costumes, lighting, music, ballet, For the past 500 years all Europe adopted and adapted these plays from Sheridan's The School for Scandal in London to Griboyedev's Woe for Wit in Russia! French theater since the 17th Century has taken Europe by storm! A front row seat awaits you!

Week I: Introduction: Corneille, Le Cid
Week 2: Corneille, Le Cid
Week 3: Corneille, Cinna
Week 4: Corneille, Cinna
Week 5: Moliere, Le Misantrope
Week 6: Moliere, Le Misantrope
Week 7: Moliere, Le Malade Imaginaire
Week 8: Moliere, Le Malade Imaginaire
Week 9: MIDTERM; Racine, Britannicus
Week 10: Racine, Britannicus
Week 11: Racine, Bérénice
Week 12: Racine, Bérénice: Marivaux, La Double Inconstance
Week 13: Marivaux, La Double Inconstance
Week 14: Beaumarchais, Le Barbier de Séville
Week 15: Beaumarchais, Le Barbier de Séville; Conclusion

Grading Policy

Midterm: 25%
Class Presentation 15%
6 page paper essay 20%
Final or expanded essay 40%


Corneille: Le Cid; Horace
Moliere: Le Misanthrope, Le Malade Imaginaire
Racine: Britannicus, Bérénice
Marivaux: La Double Inconstance
Beaumarchais: Le Barbier de Séville


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