French 219: Romanticism or Realism?

Instructor: Laure Murat

Known as two major artistic movements of the nineteenth century, Romanticism and Realism are supposed to be opposite philosophies of representing the world. After carefully defining what is at stake in the « battle of romanticism » and the « battle of realism », conceptually and historically, we’ll try to understand both movements as actually intertwined problematics. But how and why? Through major texts of French nineteenth-century literature, including Sand, Musset, Balzac, and Flaubert, we’ll analyze what we could call a queer couple of Romanticism and Realism. Taught in French.