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FR 571 G - Seminar 16thC French Lit

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


Discussion and research on a specialized topic in sixteenth-century French literature. See Schedule for current topic. Course Information: May be repeated.

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FR 571 Studies in Sixteenth-Century French Literature Topic: Fictions of Nation in Early Modern France Historians agree that the modern nation-state and nationalism are products of the nineteenth century. The nation as the idea and fiction that lies at their heart, however, has a much longer history, and the early modern period plays a crucial role in its formation as an imaginary community. In this course, we will explore how authors of the sixteenth and early seventeenth century imagined the French as a nation at a time when France is not yet a nation-state and the political, social, and cultural unity of the kingdom is continuously under attack. How are France and the French configured in early modern literature and, more specifically, how does the literary mode of each text enable, but also complicate and at times undermine, the invention of the nation- In other words, what is the relationship between nation and language, nation and rhetoric, nation and genre- Theoretical approac

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Course Level: Graduate

Credit: 4

Term(s): Fall


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