The French Enlightenment
CAS LF 453
Topic for Spring 2013: Confession, Autobiography, and the Enlightenment Self. Focus on reading Rousseau's landmark Confessions (1782, 1789) in dialogue with precursors (Augustine, Montaigne) and later French (existentialist, avant-garde, feminist) reinventions of autobiography. Enlightenment cultural milieux. Motives, forms, plots, styles, enduring challenges of narrative life writing and subjectivity. Confession in everyday life and the contemporary blogosphere.