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The Classical Age: 17th Century Literature
Course code: FREN2104.
Course unit value: 0.5.
Tutor: Dr I Moreau
We’ll divide our time between theatre in the first half of term and novel in the second.
In the first part, we will read a range of plays from the seventeenth century that raise questions about gender, desire and passions, the political impact of revenge and clemency, the role of the state and its changing structure. Some particular issues of the century were reflected in the plays. How did the theatre reveal anxieties of political treachery and social upheaval? What explains its success?
The seventeenth-century also saw the rise of a new form of expression: the novel. In the second part of the course we will be studying two of them. Their content was an issue that aroused much debate and readers could not get enough of them. We will paying particular attention to issues of authorship and reception.
Set texts for Moreau:
* Corneille, Cinna (in any edition with numbered lines).
* Racine, Iphigénie (in any edition with numbered lines).
* Molière, L’Ecole des femmes (in any edition with numbered lines).
* Molière, La critique de l’Ecole des femmes (in any edition with numbered lines).
* Scarron, Paul, Le roman comique, Folio edition, ed. by Jean Serroy. Please ensure you have this Folio edition.
* Madame de Lafayette, La princesse de Clèves (Folio 9782070414437). Please ensure you have this Folio edition.
Assessment: one unseen two-hour written examination (100%).