FREN 121 SC - The Politics of Love


Through a survey of classic works of French literature and cinema, we will examine how the social functions and economic imperatives of the institution of marriage evolved from the Middle-Ages to the present. The course will underscore the different ways in which these great French love stories reflect upon, and at times overtly critique, the policing of human desire and love according to patriarchal and exclusionary norms. Literary texts include Tristan & Yseut, Don Juan, Manon Lescaut, Madame Bovary, and L'Amant; theorists include De Beauvoir, Foucault, Irigaray, Barthes, Bourdieu. Films include Le Retour de Martin Guerre, Les Liaisons dangereuses, Les Enfants du Paradis, Ma Vie en rose, and La Captive. Satisfies the pre-1900 requirement. Taught in French.

Prerequisite(s): FREN 044  or equivalent.
Course Credit: 1.0

This course information is from the 2021-2022 Scripps Catalog. View this catalog.

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