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

Spring 2006

FR 390L • Libertine Literature

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
35355 TTh
12:30 PM-2:00 PM
HRH 2.106C

Course Description

In a century famous for naughty literature, France produced some of the finest, and most interesting. The course will be arranged chronologically, beginning with manifestations of the libertine and what that meant in the 17th C. We will then leap into the rococo, reading the likes of Crébillon fils, partaking of such goodies as Diderot's Les Bijoux indiscrets (or La Religieuse), a play or two (Les Délices du cloítre and/or Sodome), bypassing or including Cleland's Fanny Hill (it's not French, alas). Gender is an important sub-topic, so we will read a sentimental novel by a woman (Mme Riccoboni), and set off on a voyage through Les Liaisons dangereuses, returning to Riccoboni and her correspondence with Laclos (she didn't like the way women were treated in the LD). The century ends with a flourish, as far as we are concerned, and I am sure the marquis de Sade would approve of what we are going to do with some of his works. The course will end with a woman's paroxysm, Mme de Choiseul-Meuse's Julie, ou J'ai sauvé ma rose. We will learn and enjoy. There will be field trips to rare-books collections; at least one movie; slides... (Do you know what Boucher did for Louis XV?)


Grading Policy

2 tests (30 + 30%), 1 exposé (20%), 1 explication de texte (10%), class participation etc. (10%); subject to change depending on the number of students.


Texts will hopefully all be available in a course packet which should keep the price to a minimum.


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