d’UrfĂ©, L’AstrĂ©e (part 1)
Scarron, Le Roman comique
Lafayette, La Princesse de ClĂ¨ves
Romance vs. novel.Â It’s one of the most basic distinctions in literary history, and it goes back a good 350 years:Â the old, obsolete form is replaced by the modern.Â But is the narrative sound?Â 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, Sorelâ€™s Francion, Scarron’s Le Roman comique, and two works by Lafayette, Zayde and La Princesse de ClĂ¨ves. All primary and most secondary works will be available in English for those who need them.