Courses available in French




French R1B, section 2: English Composition through French Literature in Translation — Restless Souls


Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Reveries of a Solitary Walker

Mary Wollstonecraft, Letters written during a Short Residence in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark

François-René, vicomte de Chateaubriand, Atala/René

Benjamin Constant, Adolphe

Mary Shelley, Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus

Victor Hugo, The Last Day of A Condemned Man

Course Description:

In the years preceding and especially following the French Revolution of 1789, a new literary figure—the Romantic hero—appeared across Europe. Characterized by acute self-consciousness and introspection, melancholy and world-weariness, and a profound sense of alienation and disenchantment, the emergence of this solitary hero not only constituted a radical break from more classical hero archetypes, it also represented a reaction to new historical realities—and to the social and political upheaval of the period.

Often finding refuge and inspiration in communion with nature, the Romantic hero assumed a quasi-divine aspect, becoming a seeker, a poet-prophet, a rebel who stood in opposition to the corruption, injustice, and hypocrisy of society. From a self-asserted position of superiority and separation from the mindless herd, the Romantic hero questioned society’s values and conventions, searching endlessly for new ways of thinking, feeling, relating, and being. We will critically examine the development and evolution of this figure in the context of the Revolutionary period, reflecting on the ways in which these authors challenged literary conventions and expressed an oppositional political and cultural agenda through their writing.

Additional Information:

Attendance is mandatory the first two weeks of classes.  This includes all enrolled and wait listed students.  Students who do not attend all classes during the first two weeks may be dropped. Students attempting to add this class during weeks 1 and 2 who did not attend the first day will be expected to add themselves to the wait list and attend all class meetings thereafter.  If space permits,  they may be enrolled from the wait list.

French R1B satisfies the second half of the Reading and Composition Requirement. Classes are conducted in ENGLISH

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