Spring 2024

The Republic of Letters

Listed in: French, as FREN-338


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 Rousseau, Diderot, Voltaire, and others, drawn from the domains of literature, philosophy, 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. Conducted in French.

Requisite: One of the following--FREN 207, 208 or the equivalent. Spring semester. Professor de la Carrera.

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Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Speaking, reading, writing, and aural comprehension in languages other than English — Readings — Textual analyses — Brief oral presentations — Emphasis on written work.

FREN 338 - LEC

Section 01
M 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM CHAP 205
W 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM CHAP 205
F 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM CHAP 205

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Discours sur les sciences et les arts Livre de Poche (LGF), 2004 Jean-Jacques Rousseau Amherst Books TBD
Les Confessions Gallimard (Folio), 2009 Jean-Jacques Rousseau Amherst Books TBD
Le Neveu de Rameau Livre de Poche (LGF), 2001 Denis Diderot Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Fall 2017, Fall 2019