FREN 423 - L'histoire du corps, 1500-1800

Semester Offered: First Semester
Full Course
Credits: 4 credits
Attribute: 4HU, CD

During the Renaissance an ideal human body was celebrated in poetry, painting, and sculpture, as canons of beauty were revived from Antiquity, while in sacred art, a new emphasis was placed on the physicality of Christ and the saints. Opposed to these tendencies were counter-currents of realism and the grotesque: in medical treatises, travel narratives, comic genres, and crime literature, the body is palpable, repugnant, abject. Primary texts plus critical readings by Foucault, Bakhtin, Kristeva, and others.
Enrollment Limit: 12
Instructor: M. Senior
Prerequisites & Notes
Two 300-level French courses beyond 301.

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