Courses: Libertinage et subversion (FRENB306001)
Class Number: 1208
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 Baudelaires enigmatic comment: the Revolution was made by voluptuaries.
Div: III; Haverford: Humanities (HU)
Fulfills: Class Nbr: 1208 Div: III; HU