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195:251: Major Writers in Translation – Voltaire, Rousseau, Diderot, Laclos, Beaumarchais? What’s so “Major” About These Guys Anyway

  • SAS Core Requirement: AHp, WCD

This course is an opportunity to discover, grasp, and appreciate the innovativeThis course is an opportunity to discover, grasp, and appreciate the innovativethoughts and prose experiments of five of the most important writers of the French Enlightenment. Rather thanjust accept their canonicity, however, we will examine critically how their works were first received by theircontemporaries and how they became constructed over time as major expressions of French literary culture. Wewill also work on film and operatic adaptations of these works.