3631001French Language and Literature (Special Lectures)

Numbering Code G-LET21 63631 LJ36 Year/Term 2021 ・ Second semester
Number of Credits 2 Course Type special lecture
Target Year Target Student
Language Japanese Day/Period Thu.2
Instructor name NAGAMORI KATSUYA (Graduate School of Letters Professor)
Outline and Purpose of the Course The tragic play, a genre originating in ancient times, was revived in France by 16th-century humanists and perfected into modern theater by 17th-century dramatists, epitomized by Pierre Corneille (1606-1684). Corneille especially sought themes in ancient Roman history, and his series of "Roman tragedies" published starting in 1640 are said to have influenced the great tide of 17th century tragedies: plays of dispute concerning the conflict between political logic and personal logic, and power.
 In this course, we will examine the characteristics of Corneille's "Roman tragedies" while bringing into view their relationship to the French political climate of the time.
Course Goals To understand the characteristics of 17th-century French tragedies and the context of their formation. To understand the relationship and influential connections between theatrical works and 17th-century French political circumstances.
Schedule and Contents The course plan is as follows.

Week 1: Introduction, 17th century French society and theater
Week 2: Corneille and Richelieu
Week 3: "Roman history" as the subject of tragic plays
Weeks 4~8: Corneille's "Roman tragedies"
Weeks 9~13: "The Fronde" and tragic plays - focus on "Nicomede"
Week 14: Summary, the "Roman tragedy" characteristics of "Nicomede"
Week 15: Feedback
Evaluation Methods and Policy Class presentations (20%) and end-of-term reports (80%)
Course Requirements None
Study outside of Class (preparation and review) Thoroughly prepare by reading the texts to be used in class. Then, independently read the sections that were not read in class.
Textbooks Textbooks/References Other, printouts distributed during class.
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