FYS-136 I Think, Therefore I Write: Philosophy in French Fiction

Instructor: Chairperson/Professor Laurence A. Gregorio
Department: French

Course Description:
The French enjoy a reputation for being serious about food, wine and love, but it is evident in their cultural history that the literature of France has always been a vehicle of serious philosophical expression. This seminar, conducted and read entirely in English, follows the history of ideas through a survey of works of fiction and poetry written originally in French over the last four centuries. Students interested in ideas and literature combined, even if they have had no previous study of philosophy or of French, will find the course to be a good introduction to both aesthetics and Western thought.