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FRNC3686 - Le Grand Siècle: 17th century France

Semester 1, 2011  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Michelle Royer


This unit explores how the Grand siècle has shaped modern France, and by extension, Europe, through, among others: Louis XIV's absolutism; the philosophies and science of Descartes, Cyrano and Pascal; Richelieu's Académie Française and La République des lettres; the ongoing querelle des femmes; the theatre of Corneille, Racine and Molière, and the tales of Perrault, marking passage from baroque to classicism and the querelle des Anciens et des Modernes; even the birth of classical ballet and the precursors to Orientalism.


1x10 minute class presentation in French (equivalent to 2000wds in English) (30%), 1x2000-2500wd essay in French or, with permission, for 'introductory' stream students, 4000wd essay in English (70%)


René Descartes, Discours de la Méthode. Librio
Pierre Corneille, L'illusion comique. Larousse
Molière, Tartuffe. Librio
Blaise Pascal Pensées, Le Guern edition. Gallimard
Jean Racine, Phèdre. Larousse
Plus a selection of readings to be purchased from the Copy Centre or available online


2x1-hr seminar/week


FRNC1302, FRNC1632, FRNC2502 or FRNC2615



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