Spring 2017

Worldliness and Otherworldliness

Listed in: French, as FREN-339

Formerly listed as: FREN-39


Rosalina M. de la Carrera (Section 01)


Many eighteenth-century writers imagined and invented other, better societies. To attenuate their criticisms of the social, political, and religious structures of the ancien régime, they had recourse to the viewpoint of fictional "outsiders" who arrive in France as if for the first time and describe what they see in minute and telling detail. We will analyze the role that these "other" worlds and the "otherworldly" point of view played in the development of eighteenth-century thought and literature, as well as some of the repercussions that these questions have had in twentieth-century thought. Readings will include Montesquieu's Lettres persanes, Rousseau's Discours sur l'origine de l'inégalité, Diderot's Supplément au Voyage de Bougainville, and Madame de Graffigny's Lettres d'une Péruvienne, as well as Freud's Civilization and Its Discontents and a selection of essays by Claude Lévi-Strauss. Conducted in French.

Requisite: One of the following--FREN 207, 208, 311, or equivalent. Spring semester. Professor de la Carrera.


Attention to Writing, Languages Other Than English


2022-23: Offered in Spring 2023
Other years: Offered in Spring 2008, Fall 2009, Spring 2012, Spring 2015, Spring 2017, Spring 2024