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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2021-22

FREN 53.07 Confrontations with Death in the French Tradition

Through readings of essays, plays, poetry and fiction, we will examine the relationship of death to the history of French culture and the philosophical traditions it embodies, from the medieval danse macabre to the present. Issues to be discussed include separation and loss, mourning and melancholia, violence, eroticism and sexual difference. Texts will include Villon, Montaigne, Bossuet, Pascal, Flaubert, Baudelaire, Sartre, Beckett, Beauvoir, Derrida, Blanchot and Barthes.


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A course in the FREN 10 series or permission of the instructor

Distributive and/or World Culture

Dist:TMV; WCult:W

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