French 130: Sexual Politics in France and in the United States

Instructor: Laure Murat

Beyond the worldwide scandals, the Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Harvey Weinstein affairs have revived a fundamental debate between two cultural approaches about sex, politics and feminism, between France and the United States, between the traditions of the so-called « libertinage » and the so-called « puritanism ». What are the philosophical roots of « libertinage » and what does that mean and imply today? What are the critical differences between French and American feminisms? What is obscenity in our societies, on both sides of the Atlantic? The course will be conducted in French.