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

Spring 2005


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
33925 T
2:00 PM-5:00 PM
BEN 1.106

Course Description

The course will be taught in French but non-French speakers will be accomodated. French literature in the 16th century is an important source of information about what it meant to be French; it was also an instrument for shaping French identity. We will be examining this evolution in two stages: from François Ier's arrival on the throne until the beginning of the Wars of Religion (1562) and then from the beginning of the wars of religion to the Edict of Nantes (1598). This course proposes to trace the development of this identity mainly by examining both canonical and non-canonical literary works from the period (including standard works from Ph.D reading lists) alongside recent critical works such as Timothy Hampton's Literature and Nation in the Sixteenth Century. Students will also be encouraged to investigate French identity in other cultural manifestations such as history, music, painting, and dance. To this end, graduate students from English, history, art history, music and comparative literature are especially welcome.

Grading Policy

One in-class presentation: 10% One short paper (5-7 pp): 20% Class participation: 25% Final paper (15p.): 45%


Course packet of 16th century authors Selection of 16th century treatises on French language Rabelais, Gargantua et Pantagruel Marguerite de Navarre, Heptaméron DuBellay, Regrets Ronsard, Franciade (excerpts) Montaigne (selected essays) Garnier, La Troade D'Aubigné, Les Tragiques


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