A study of major French works from the eighteenth century to the present. Readings may include Diderot’s The Nun, Laclos’Dangerous Liaisons, Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre-Dame, Stendhal’s The Red and the Black, Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, Zola’s The Beast Within, Camus’s ThePlague, and Duras’s Hiroshima My Love. We will pay close attention to the genesis of these influential works, taking into consideration questions of autobiographical inspiration and historical debates. We will also consider why most of these works were judged politically or morally scandalous when they came out. In addition, we will view some of the films inspired by these texts. Conducted in English.