Spring 2018 Graduate Courses in French

FRW 5419r. Studies in Medieval French Literature: Christine de Pizan and her Books.

Dr. Lori Walters

Fridays, 9:30-12:15. Taught in English. Open exclusively to graduate students.

Not only a prolific author, Christine de Pizan (1365-ca. 1430) also headed her own exceptionally productive scriptorium. This course focuses on her workshop's tour de force, her Queen's Manuscript (London, British Library, Harley 4431), in which Christine authored the collection’s 30 texts, transcribed some or all of them in her own hand, and oversaw the execution of the book’s pictorial cycle of 132 miniatures. Our focus on Christine’s masterpiece will allow us to deepen our understanding of manuscript technologies, text/image relations, and the pre-modern codex as well as the founding proto-feminisms of the West’s first professional female writer. Besides acquiring knowledge of Christine and her era, students will have first-hand contact with digital surrogates of her manuscripts. Dr Walters’s own experience as contributor to, and editor of, Digital Philology (Johns Hopkins U), will inform discussions on current digital scholarship. The course will be enhanced by a visiting lecture by Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski, Distinguished Research Professor, University of Pittsburg, and by a panel on Christine’s political voice offered in the Women in French Conference sponsored by FSU’s Winthrop-King Institute.

FRW 4420/5586 - ITW 5415/4400 Dialogues of the French and Italian Renaissance

Dr. Reinier Leushuis

Mondays and Wednesdays 3:35-4:50

Taught in English. Open to advanced undergraduate and graduate students

While Italy is traditionally considered the cradle of the Renaissance, European humanism is profoundly indebted to the rich interaction between Italy and France at this time. This course will explore the various ‘dialogues’ between Italian and French literature and culture during the Renaissance. We will read the texts of French travelers in Italy and Italian artists in France; we will compare the ways in which Italian and French Renaissance authors crafted and legitimized not only their societies and cultures but also their vernacular languages in light of the imitation of classical antiquity; we will study the influence of Italian poetry and prose in shaping the ideologies and experiences of love and desire; and we will compare the exemplary role of women authors and thinkers in both cultures. In addition to lyric poetry and prose (e.g. the novella) this course will pay particular attention to the dialogue, a literary text staging several interlocutors debating issues of the time. We will appreciate the new-found popularity of this form in both countries in the context of the humanist questioning of dogmatism, and the need to cover the complexities

of humankind in a variety of voices in debate. This course will be thematic in nature, so that in each session we will combine and discuss texts from both the Italian and French Renaissance around a certain theme. The course will be taught in English and all readings will be available in English translation. However, to the extent logistically possible, all texts will be made available in their original language and, depending on enrollment, break-out sessions will be organized where works will be discussed in the target language. All student work, such as midterm and final papers and weekly e-mailed reader responses, must be written in the student’s target language (French or Italian).


FRW 6938 Graduate Seminar in French: Blues Writing: Jean-Claude Charles and Modern Caribbean Writing

Dr. Martin Munro

Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:35-4:50. In French. Open exclusively to graduate students.

This course is based around the Winthrop-King spring 2018 event that brings together leading international authors, artists, and scholars in a celebration of the work of one of Haiti’s most talented and yet least read or understood writers. Through a combination of readings, workshops, and debates we will assess the legacies of this singular figure in Caribbean writing. Importantly, we will also read works by many of the invited speakers, as a way of preparing for the event. It is also intended that there will be a practical element to the course whereby students will be able to work on and acquire skills in conference organization. In French.

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