French 24, Section 1

Slow Reading Dangerous Liaisons (1 unit, P/NP)

Professor Nicholas Paige
Thursday 3:00-4:00, 122 Wheeler Hall, Class number: 22668

Innocence, pleasure, pride, entrapment, consent, revenge, desire, repression, hypocrisy, deceit, aggression, force, persuasion, faith, virtue, nobility, corruption, manipulation, sex, love: all this and much, much more in one of the world literature's most diabolically intelligent novels, Laclos's Dangerous Liaisons. In addition to reading the novel (in English), we'll also be viewing some of the work's numerous film adaptations. Optional meetings will be arranged for students who would like to work on some passages in the original French.

Instructor Bio

Professor Paige teaches mainly classes in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century French literature and culture, with special interest in the history of the novel.

Faculty web site: http://french.berkeley.edu/people/detail.php?person=12