Food for Thought -- Feast and Famine in French Literature
In this course, we will focus on the notion of food as a critical lens through which to read a variety of texts. The salient themes will include hunger and thirst as bodily concerns, the imagery of feasting, the danger of being devoured, the desire to devour, and the idea of nourishment in both the physical and spiritual senses. Reading assignments will have three major components: primary readings will mostly come from medieval and early modern texts and contexts. We will also spend a significant amount of time in and outside of class reading and engaging with critical secondary sources. Both major papers will incrementally reflect this engagement. In order to develop analytical writing skills, students will be expected read about reading and writing strategies, as well as complete a number of shorter assignments to address these skills. We will also devote a portion of class-time to writing workshops in which we will discuss writing strategies concretely, and during which students will be expected to share their ideas and writing with classmates.
This course fulfills the second half of the Reading and Composition Requirement in the College of Letters and Science. Class conducted in ENGLISH.