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

Spring 2009


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
36125 TH
2:00 PM-5:00 PM
MEZ 2.118

Course Description

In this seminar we will explore the relationship between constructions of gender and the uses of various literary genres in sixteenth-century France: the nouvelle, the roman, the sonnet, the essay. We will examine how certain genres (and the literary traditions associated with them) are determined by men, and how female writers subvert those conventions and appropriate the genres for new purposes. COURSE NUMBER MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT WHEN THE TOPICS VARY.

Grading Policy

Participation 20%
Paper (5-7pp) 20%
Explications de texte (2) 20%
Final paper (15-20pp) 40%


Marguerite de Navarre: L'Heptaméron (nouvelles choisies)
Rabelais: Gargantua et Pantagruel (extraits)
Maurice Scève: Délie
Louise Labé et Pernette du Guillet: Oeuvres poétiques, éd. Charpentier
Louise Labé: Oeuvres complètes, éd. Rigolot
Ronsard: Les Amours
Montaigne: Essais (choisis)
Madeleine et Catherine des Roches: Epistres, Sonnets
Marie de Gournay: Oeuvres choisies


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