FREN 303A - The French Revolution
Prerequisite(s): FREN 100 or FREN 210 or FREN 212 or FREN 299 or FREN 300
This course will explore the history and importance of the French revolution through an analysis of different eighteenth-century cultural artifacts. These materials will allow us to investigate the ways in which the revolutionaries mobilized or redefined notions of French identity, patriotism, and political authority. It will also consider the international dimensions of the French revolution (in the Caribbean in particular) and therefore discuss late eighteenth-century debates on race and slavery. Course materials include: a novel, selections from a groundbreaking philosophical treatise; poetry; political caricatures; pamphlets; revolutionary music; ceramics; paintings; and period films.
French 303 is designed for students coming out of FREN 100, FREN 210, FREN 212, FREN 299, FREN 300, and for first-year students who have arrived with high school AP credit. The course is meant to develop students’ analytical and linguistic skills through intensive discussion. This course does not include any explicit grammar review.