When the World Spoke French: Kings, Writers, and Philosophers, 1630-1789/Old Regime France
Starting in the mid-17th century, France became the cultural trendsetter for most of Europe and parts of the world. How did French culture impose itself as culture tout court? We will examine the importance of politics, literature, and philosophy in this process. Readings will include Corneille, Descartes, Pascal, Racine, Moliere, Montesquieu, Voltaire, Rousseau, Diderot, and Beaumarchais. Taught in French; readings in French.