Fall 2008

The Republic of Letters

Listed in: French, as FREN-38


Rosalina M. de la Carrera (Section 01)


An exploration of Enlightenment thought within the context of the collaborative institutions and activities that fostered its development, including literary and artistic salons, cafés, and the Encyclopédie. We will read texts by Voltaire, Rousseau, Diderot, and others, drawn from the domains of literature, memoirs, and correspondence. To get a better idea of what it might have been like to live in the eighteenth century and be a participant in the “Republic of Letters,” we will also read a variety of essays in French cultural history. Supplementary work with films and slides. Conducted in French. Requisite: One of the following-French 07, 08, 11, 12 or equivalent. Fall semester. Professor de la Carrera.