Slow Reading Dangerous Liaisons
Innocence, pleasure, pride, entrapment; consent, revenge, desire, repression; hypocrisy, deceit, aggression, force; persuasion, faith, virtue, nobility; corruption, manipulation, sex, love: all this and much, much more in one of world literature’s most diabolically intelligent novels, Laclos’s Dangerous Liaisons, written in the years right before the French Revolution. In addition to reading the novel (in English), we’ll also be viewing some of the work’s numerous film adaptations. Optional meetings will be arranged for students who would like to work on some passages in the original French.
Course taught in ENGLISH. No knowledge of French is needed. Optional meetings will be arranged for students who would like to work on some passages in the original French.
Priority enrollment for Freshmen.
Professor Paige teaches mainly classes in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century French literature and culture, with special interest in the history of the novel.