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					   THE ENCHANTMENT OF FRENCH LITERATURE
             AND CIVILIZATION
         (L’ENVOÛTEMENT DE LA LITTÉRATURE ET DE LA CIVILISATION FRANÇAISES)

A Series of Bi-lingual Lectures (in English and French)
                                By Dr. Fatima Shahnaz, Ph.D. Sorbonne University, Paris, France
Level requirement: None. Lectures are conducted in English and French
Objectives:
   -     An introduction to the sensual and intellectual pleasures of French civilization through a study
         of some of the greatest minds in France through literature, philosophy and the arts
   -     The enrichment of civilizations through comparative studies of East-West thought and Indo-
         French connections throughout history.
Content: 10 lectures among the following:
                                                      1. The Passion for Exoticism in the Eighteenth
                                                         Century: “Les Lettres Persanes” by
                                                         Montesquieu
                                                      2. The Gentleman-Moralist of the Sixteenth
                                                         Century: Montaigne‟s “Essais”
                                                      3. Theatre and the French Revolution:
                                                         Beaumarchais‟ groundbreaking “The
                                                         Marriage of Figaro”
                                                      4. Magic, Maya, the „trompe l‟œil and Illusion
                                                         in the Age of the Baroque (Sixteenth-
                                                         Seventeenth centuries)
                                                      5. “Fabulous India” in French Literature and
                                                         Civilization
                                                      6. Indian imagery of the “Panchatantra,”
                                                         bestiary and Tantrism in the “Fables” by La
                                                         Fontaine and French „Orientalists‟
                                                      7. The Age of Enlightenment and Eighteenth
                                                         Century “philosophers”: Voltaire, Rousseau,
                                                         Diderot and their time
   8.    A Sentimental journey through French “Courtly Love” – “La Carte Du Tendre” – and the
         Salon culture of the Seventeenth century.
   9.    Romanticism versus Classicism: Victor Hugo and “The Battle of Hernani”
   10.   Repression under the French „bourgeoisie” in modern literature in the works of Francois
         Mauriac, André Gide, and the war generations.
   11.   Sartre, Camus, existentialism and post-modernism
   12.   Poetry of the „wandering minstrels, les troubadours, to the Sixteenth century – Ronsard, Du
         Bellay and others
   13.   The Romantic Poets: Vigny, Musset, Victor Hugo, Baudelaire and others
   14.   Where Art meets Poetry: The Dadaist and Surrealist movements: Guillaume Apollinaire, Paul
         Éluard, André Breton and Salvador Dali, Matisse, Max Ernst – the painters.
Frequency:                       2 hours once a week for 10 weeks

				
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