This course explores the formation and transformation of various genres in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century literature, with a particular focus announced each time the course is offered. The topic for 2008-09 was “Comedy from Corneille and Molière to Beaumarchais.” Readings included texts by Corneille (L’Illusion comique), Molière (Le Médecin malgré lui, Le Tartuffe, Le Misanthrope, Le malade imaginaire), Marivaux (La Double Inconstance, Le Jeu de l’amour et du hasard), and Beaumarchais (Le Barbier de Séville, Le Mariage de Figaro). Conducted in French.
Requisite: One of the following--French 07, 08, 11, 12 or equivalent. Spring semester. Professor Caplan.