Courses: Libertinage et subversion (FRENB306001)

Spring 2012

Class Number: 1152
The libertine movement of the 18th century has long been condemned for moral reasons or considered of minor importance when compared to the Enlightenment. Yet, the right to happiness (‘droit au bonheur’) celebrated by the so-called ‘Philosophes’ implies a duty to experience pleasure (‘devoir de jouir’). This is what the libertine writers promoted. The libertine movement thus does not confine itself to literature, but also involves a dimension of social subversion. This course will allow you to understand Charles Baudelaire’s enigmatic comment: “the Revolution was made by voluptuaries.”
Div: III; Haverford: Humanities (HU)

Fulfills: Class Nbr: 1152 Div: III; ; HU


French (Web site)

Taught By

Le Menthéour,Rudy


Bryn Mawr, TAYSEM

Meeting Times

W 12:00pm-2:00pm