Readings will include works by authors such as¬† Guillaume Apolinaire,¬† Francis Ponge,¬† Raymond Queneau, Georges P√©rec, Annie Ernaux, Marc Aug√©,¬† Fran√ßois Masp√©ro, Sandrine Bessora, Henri Lef√®vre, ¬†¬†Roland Barthes, Michel de Certeau, ¬†¬†Michel Leiris,¬† Maurice Blanchot, and Georges Bataille.
After centuries of concern with the heroic, the tragic, the¬† exceptional, and of expecting art to transcend life,¬† the¬† modern period opens with a concern for ¬†evoking the richness of ¬†the Everyday ¬†and an attempt to make art and life converge.¬† The poet Apollinaire gives us the sights and sounds of the big city. Andr√© Breton makes art of found objects.¬† The poet Francis Ponge tries to put ordinary objects into words. This turns out to be more challenging than one might expect. ¬†The notion of the Everyday becomes a philosophical problem for some thinkers and a political¬† issue¬†for others.¬† We will examine the problem of the Everyday (le quotidien)¬†in the work of philosophers (Henri Lef√®bvre, Roland Barthes, Maurice Blanchot) ¬†historians (Michel de Certeau)¬†¬† and the pleasures of the ordinary and the everyday in the work of poets, writers,¬† photographers (Atget in particular) and¬† artists (Sophie Calle).
French 102 or consent of instructor.
Satisfies 1 ‚ÄúCulture‚ÄĚ or 1 ‚ÄúElective‚ÄĚ requirement in the French major.¬† Satisfies College of Letters and Science breadth¬†in Arts and Literature, or Historical Studies, or in ¬†Social and Behavioral Sciences.