Courses available in French


Il ne faut jamais avoir peur d’aller trop loin car la vĂ©ritĂ© est au-delĂ .

— Proust

French 230A: Studies in 17th-Century Literature — Romances and Novels


d’UrfĂ©, L’AstrĂ©e (part 1)

Sorel, Francion

Scarron, Le Roman comique

Lafayette, Zayde

Lafayette, La Princesse de Clèves

Course Description:

Romance vs. novel.  It’s one of the most basic distinctions in literary history, and it goes back a good 350 years:  the old, obsolete form is replaced by the modern.  But is the narrative sound?  We’ll be reading a selection of classic and recent criticism on the topic and five celebrated works that may or may not document the transition from romance to novel: d’UrfĂ©’s L’AstrĂ©e, Sorel’s Francion, Scarron’s Le Roman comique, and two works by Lafayette, Zayde and La Princesse de Clèves. All primary and most secondary works will be available in English for those who need them.

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