LIT 180 - FS: First-Year Seminar
First-year seminar. Prerequisite: First-year standing. Completion of FW FDR requirement or this may vary with the topic. First-year seminar.
Winter 2019, LIT 180-01: First-Year Seminar: From Page and Stage to Celluloid: Carmen (4). Prerequisite: First-year class standing only. Bizet's opera, Carmen, based on the so-named novella by French author Mérimée, popularized the character of the fiery gypsy abroad more than in France. We trace her sisters in French, Spanish, and Russian literature, opera, and art, and her reincarnations in film, including Charlie Chaplin's A Burlesque on Carmen, Otto Preminger's Carmen Jones, Federico Rosi's filmed opera Carmen, J.-L. Godard's Prénom Carmen, Carlos Saura's Carmen. We study how the world stage, the artistic trends, the mores, and the concerns of the times shape and renew this enduring character and the men she beguiles. (HL) Frégnac-Clave.
Fall 2018, LIT 180-02: FS: Living by the Code: Honor, Love, and War in the Literature of the High Middle Ages (3). First-year Seminar. Prerequisite: First-year class standing only and completion of the FDR requirement in writing (FW). An exploration of notions of honor and honorable behavior in European aristocratic culture of the High Middle Ages, as represented in literary texts of the 11th and 12th centuries. Students chart the transformation in court literature of the Germanic and feudal warrior (Hildebrandslied, Song of Roland) into the chivalric knight (Arthurian romances), whose adventures are motivated by the quest for honor and the love for an ideal woman. We also study the ways in which warrior and courtly codes of conduct, the ethos of chivalry and courtly love, and conceptions of the feminine ideal were articulated, constructed, and critiqued. (HL) Prager.
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