Cultural Hist of France

Semester: 
Spring
Year: 
2013
Subject Name: 

French

Course Number: 
311
Institution: 
Amherst College

Between the year 1000 and the Revolution of 1789 France made some of the greatest and most enduring contributions to European literature, music, visual art, politics, and intellectual life. We shall examine some of the most significant aspects of French civilization during this period: from the spiritual power of Romanesque and Gothic art to the vibrancy of Renaissance humanism (Rabelais and Montaigne), and from the grandeur of classicism and the baroque (Descartes, Pascal, Molière) to the elegance and refinement of the rococo, as well as the Enlightenment (Voltaire, Diderot) and sentimental reactions to it. We shall discuss “courtly love,” the châteaux of the Loire, court society, the emergence of absolute monarchy (Versailles), theater, opera, and the status of women. Conducted in French.

Requisite: FREN 207 or equivalent. Spring semester. Professor Caplan.

Linked Course: 
N
Instructor Permission Required: 
N
Schedule #: 
FREN-311-01-1213S

Course Sections

Cultural Hist of France
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0

Jay Caplan

jlcaplan@amherst.edu

MF 12:00PM-01:20PM

CHAP 210