Fall 2019

The Republic of Letters

Listed in: French, as FREN-338

Formerly listed as: FREN-38


Rosalina M. de la Carrera (Section 01)


An exploration of Enlightenment thought within the context of the collaborative institutions and activities that fostered its development, including literary and artistic salons, cafés, and the Encyclopédie. We will read texts by Rousseau, Diderot, Voltaire, and others, drawn from the domains of literature, philosophy, memoirs, and correspondence. To get a better idea of what it might have been like to live in the eighteenth century and be a participant in the “Republic of Letters,” we will also read a variety of essays in French cultural history. Conducted in French.

Requisite: One of the following—FREN 207, 208 or the equivalent. Fall semester: Professor de la Carrera.


Attention to Writing, Languages Other Than English


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2008, Fall 2011, Fall 2017, Fall 2019