Spring 2008

Humanism and the Renaissance

Listed in: French, as FREN-27


Paul V. Rockwell (Section 01)


Humanists came to distrust medieval institutions and models. Through an analysis of the most influential works of the French Renaissance, we shall study the variety of literary innovations which grew out of that distrust with an eye to their social and philosophical underpinnings. We shall address topics relevant to these innovations such as Neoplatonism, the grotesque, notions of the body, love, beauty, order and disorder. Readings will be drawn from the works of such major writers as: Erasmus, Rabelais, Marguerite de Navarre, Montaigne, Ronsard, Du Bellay, Maurice Sceve and Louise Labe. The most difficult texts will be read in modern French. Conducted in French. Requisite: One of the following-French 07, 08, 11, 12 or equivalent. Second semester. Professor Rockwell.