Unhappy Families? Deviance and Order in Early Modern French Literature (MLF3077)

15 credits

Love, self-determination and fulfilment; feuding, incest and murder: the family in 17th-century French literature did not always correspond to the domestic unit we recognise now. This module looks at how the family was used as a locus for exploring often radical ideas about political and sexual control, gender, the self, social conformity and taboo. We'll cover a range of genres, from fairy tales to dramas by major French playwrights, Racine, Corneille,Molière…; and consider the use of the supernatural, classical myth and social satire. You’ll contextualise the texts; and examine how they respond to important theoretical perspectives (psychoanalysis, feminism).