Oriented around the theme of “us and the other” this course will study 18th-century authors and Enlightenment philosophers who staged different versions of alterity in order to better understand and critique their own culture: a Martian on earth, a Persian in France, a “naturally educated” child in society, a Peruvian princess in exile. We will read texts by Voltaire, Montesquieu, Rousseau, and a novel by Mme de Graffigny. Taught in French.
French 118: Studies in 18th-Century French Culture and Literature
Instructor: Malina Stefanovska