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French Graduate Seminars Spring 2009

FREN 550       Jean-Jacques Rousseau                                                            

Bennington T 1-4
(cross-listed with CPLT 752)

Content: Plus qu’un autre, peut-être, c’est Jean-Jacques Rousseau qui aura signé le dix-huitième siècle français.  Que ce soit en matière de philosophie politique, de théorie pédagogique, d’écriture littéraire ou autobiographique, tout change là où Rousseau écrit et signe de son nom.  Nous essayerons, à travers la lecture de grands textes en tous genres, de mieux cerner la place et les enjeux de cette signature qui se veut unique, garant présumé d’une vérité qui se révélera de plus en plus fabuleuse.

Particulars: This course will be taught in French.

Texts : Les confessions, Emile, ou de l’éducation, Discours sur l’origine de l‘inégalité, Du contrat social, Rousseau juge de Jean-Jacques, Les rêveries du promeneur solitaire.
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FREN 770       Literature and Psychoanalysis: Primal Scenes                            

Marder W 1-4
(Cross-listed with CPLT 751)

Content: How can literature and psychoanalysis be read with, through and against each other? In this course we will look at how, in founding psychoanalysis, Freud consistently turns to literature, literary language, and literary modes of reading in order to derive many of psychoanalysis’ basic concepts and at how literary texts often articulate, modify, and challenge psychoanalytic questions. By taking the Freudian concept of the ‘primal scene’ as a starting point, we will examine questions of temporality, repetition, dream-work, sexuality, desire, transference, writing, fetishism, the event, writing, and mourning.

Texts may include: The Interpretation of Dreams (Freud); Freud’s case histories (including ‘Dora’, ‘The Wolf-Man’, ‘The Rat-Man,’) “Mourning and Melancholia,”   Oedipus Rex, (Sophocles);  Phèdre (Racine), selected prose poems by Baudelaire ; To the Lighthouse (Woolf) Le Ravissment de Lol V. Stein (Duras); Les Rêveries de la femme sauvage: scènes primitives (Cixous),  as well as critical texts by Jean Laplanche, Jacques Derrida, Jacques Lacan, and Jean-François Lyotard.
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FREN 775       D’un Maupassant l’autre                                                             

Bonnefis Th 1-4

Content: "Que serait-il arrivé, écrit Pierre Bayard, si, en élaborant la psychanalyse, Freud avait tenu compte de l'œuvre de Maupassant, son contemporain ? Sa théorie n'aurait-elle pas été marquée davantage par le modèle de la psychose ? N'aurait-il pas accordé une attention plus grande à la question de l'identité, au détriment de celle de la sexualité ?" Telles sont quelques-unes des questions qui travailleront la lecture que nous ferons, ce semestre, de l'œuvre de Maupassant.

Texts: Textes étudiés, en édition "Folio" : Les Contes de la bécasse, Les Sœurs Rondoli, Mont-Oriol, Le Horla, Pierre et Jean, Fort comme la mort.
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FREN 775        La violence des miroirs                                                                    

Nouvet W 4-7

Content: Through the issue of narcissism, we will explore the very status of the self as well as its relation to the other be it one of love, domination, aggressivity (to the point of murder) or alienation.  After studying the traumatic violence inherent in the constitution of one’s own self-image (Ovid’s myth of Narcissus), we will explore the ways in which narcissism frames love in the poetry of the troubadours and the Roman de la Rose.  Chrétien de Troyes’ Yvan and Salvador Dali’s autobiographical texts stage for their part the aggressive component of narcissism, its murderous impulse.  As for Nebreda’s photographs, they testify to the radical loss of self that the experience of the mirror induces in schizophrenia.  Finally, cultural narcissism and the violence that it inflicts upon the other will be studied in a medieval epic narrative (La Chanson de Roland) and in selected works by Fanon and Spivak.

Texts: Ovid, Narcissus; Guillaume de Lorris, Le roman de la rose; Chrétien de Troyes, Yvain; La chanson de Roland; Salvador Dali, Le poème de Narcisse, excerpts from Journal d’un genie, La vie secrète de Salvador Dali; Fanon, Les damnés de la terre; Nebreda; Jean Oury, Création et schizophrénie.

Particulars: This class will be taught in French.
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FREN 785       Maryse Condé / Edouard Glissant                                            

Loichot  M 1-4
(Cross-listed with CPLT 752)

Content: Maryse Condé and Édouard Glissant, two literary powerhouses of the French Antilles, are often seen as diametrical opposites. The first is a woman from Guadeloupe, the other a man from Martinique; one rejects theory as a euro-centered curse, the other is arguably the most important contemporary Francophone postcolonial theorist; one privileges individual gendered voices, the other favors a gender-neutral collective; one identifies Africa as source, the other dwells in Whole-World and  Antillanité. The course aims to debunk these apparent divisions and to show that Glissant and Condé are indeed closer than they seem. For instance, we will demonstrate that, in spite of herself, Condé is a major theorist, and that, shockingly perhaps, Glissant’s fiction can be read as feminist. Studied side by side, Condé and Glissant’s texts will provide us invaluable insight into an understanding of Caribbean gender and racial constructs, kinship, theories of origins, creolizations, and globalizations.

Texts: Maryse Condé: Heremakhonon, La Civilisation du Bossale, Traversée de la mangrove, Histoire de la femme cannibale.  Édouard Glissant: Discours antillais, Poétique de la Relation, La Case du Commandeur, Traité du Tout-Monde.

Particulars: One research paper, one oral presentation, active class participation including leading discussion and short written responses. The seminar will be conducted in French but students from other departments who have a reading knowledge and good conversational skills in French are strongly encouraged to enroll. They will be able to contribute to class discussion, deliver their presentation and write their paper in English.

 

 

 

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