The Grammar of Love: A Short Literary History From Chrétien de Troyes to Proust (FRENCH 187)
An exploration of the greatest love texts of French literature where love becomes the hermeneutic impulse that drives the narrative. To love is to read (clues, signs, gestures, letters from the beloved) and to read (about love) is to love. Lovers are readers of signs on an hermeneutic quest, creators of new languages, the grammar of love, love as reliving/rewriting literary heroes, body language, the history of amorous feelings and their socio-historical context. Readings include French medieval romance (Chrétien de Troyes), poetry (Ronsard) novels (Madame de la Lafayette, Proust). Essays by De Rougemont, Flaubert Barthes, Girard; etc. Taught in French.