Sylvie Requemora-Gros

Faculty

Sylvie Requemora-Gros is a Full Professor in Classical French Literature at Aix-Marseille University; Laureate of the « agrégation » prepared at the French grande école, the Ecole Normale Supérieure and the accreditation to supervise research (HDR); Director of Student Life at the American University Center of Provence (AUCP, Marseille); president of the North American Society for Seventeenth Century French Literature (NASSCFL), member of the jury for Ecole Polytechnique, Ecole Centrale and Ecole Normale Supérieure (Lyon), member of the Research Center on Travel literature (CRLV), member of the Interdisciplinary Center for Literary Studies of Aix-Marseille (CIELAM), and of the International Center for Encounters on the XVII Century (C.I.R. 17), chief editor for numerous anthologies of international conference papers, author of a published doctoral thesis entitled "Voguer vers la modernité" (Paris, PUPS, 2012, 880 p.), of some fifty articles on travel literature, on 17th century French literature and on the confusion of genre.

 

Courses

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FREN 6525 - Methodology:Literature      

Reading, Understanding, Writing Travel: Textual Analysis Methodologies

This course will help students master analytical and textual methodologies. These methodologies will allow students to read and comprehend texts in depth while developing their written analytical skills by performing methodological exercises such as summaries, technical explanations, close readings, argumentative dialectical essay, reading analyses or oral thematic presentations.
In these exercises, we will study tropes on the Other in literature, anthropology, sociology, and politics. What representation and images of travel, the foreign and the Other, stem from the French reader’s perspective? And who is this Other? Etymologically “the one who is not here”, the Other can be the neighbor, the opposite sex, the foreigner -- whoever is different. And what usage is made of such fluctuating representations? In a quest for travel and alterity through different texts spanning the 16th to the 21st centuries, we will explore the anthropological, sociological, political, stylistic, poetical, critical and ideological renewal of transcribed viewpoints of human identity and French clichés. To this end, we will study textual excerpts from different horizons might they be geographical, political, sociological, anthropological or historical.

Required texts:*Denis DIDEROT, /Le Supplément au Voyage de Bougainville/, ISBN: 2253138096
Michel ONFRAY, /La Théorie du Voyage/, ISBN : 2253084417
Tierno MONENEMBO, /Le Roi de Kahel/, ISBN : 9782757814611
Required Coursepack
A Coursepack will be available for purchase at the College bookstore
Methodology

Summer 2014 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session, Summer 2015 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session, Summer 2016 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session, Summer 2017 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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FREN 6656 - 17-19C Theater & Politics      

Theater and Politics (17-19th Century)

The link between theater and politics is ontological, the theater constituting a space where the playwright proposes a debate on ideas, intended to have an effect on the public. More than just an observer, the spectator takes a position : the dialogue or the semantic duels of the characters are arguments that can be simultaneously judiciary, political, or philosophical. They offer an experience of liberty, an encounter with the other and with oneself, at the same time being a reflection on society or the civic domain. We will examine these aspects in three authors : Corneille and his dialectic on heroism, honor and glory, Beaumarchais’ problematic and seminal trilogy of the French revolution (Le Barbier de Séville, Le Mariage de Figaro, and La Mère coupable), and Victor Hugo, through his romantic dramas using battles on and off stage (Hernani and Ruy Blas). This literature course is based on textual analysis, and the texts’ modern theatrical adaptations, with examples on video.

Required texts :
Pierre CORNEILLE, Le Cid, ISBN-10: 207040918X
Pierre CORNEILLE, Cinna, ISBN-10: 207031863X
BEAUMARCHAIS, Le Barbier de Séville, Le Mariage de Figaro et La Mère coupable, ISBN-10: 2080700766
Victor HUGO, Hernani, ISBN-10: 2081269406
Victor HUGO, Ruy Blas, ISBN-10: 207040157X Literature

Summer 2015 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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FREN 6682 - Representations:17C Versailles      

Representations of 17th Century Versailles

On the occasion of the tercentenary of Louis XIV’s death, at a time when Versailles is the focus of a successful fictionalized series in France, Belgium and Quebec, this classical literature course aims at thinking on the representations that various 17th century works project (poetic fables, novel in prosimetrum, comedy in prose, moralistic and satiric essays), of the image of the palace and the King’s and courtesans’ figures. Aesthetic, political, theoretical, philosophical and sociological points of view will be drawn, through the close reading of texts and though videos that show some of their modern staging and adaptations.

Required texts:
- Jean de La Fontaine, Fables (1er recueil, 1668), ISBN: 978-2253010043
- Jean de La Fontaine, Les Amours de Psyché et de Cupidon (1669), ISBN: 978-2081274167
- Molière, Le Bourgeois gentilhomme, ISBN: 978-2070450008 Literature

Summer 2016 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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FREN 6722 - Liberty and Libertines      

The goal of this literature course is to examine the problematics of liberty and licentiousness through the study of the specific role of the subversif author. In the classical period, the word « libertine » is an insult, designating those who are reproached with an extreme liberty of conduct as well as thought. The work of « libertines » is thus always controversial: it must sidestep the different forms that repression or censureship might take, using forms of publication that avoid the mainstream and using irony to disguise intent. A variety of intellectual and philosophical references, styles and literary genres serve the “libertines”: lyrical works, novels, comedies, tragedies, travel narratives, pamphlets, philosophical essays or treatise. The study of the « libertine » allows for a singular point of view on a certain number of central notions: pleasure vs. moral code, order and disorder, rules and liberty, truth, plausibility and fiction, sensualism and eroticism, skepticism, etc.

In the light of these literary forms adopted by the “libertines”, our reflection will be organised chronologically and according to the literary genre rather than by theme, making it obvious that it is the writing that reveals the subversive message, while proposing a cultural and ironic complicity capable of concealing the great libertine themes.
We will base our study on
– a tragedy in verse: Les Amours tragiques de Pyrame et Thisbé de Théophile de Viau (photocopies)
– an imaginary travel in prose : Les Etats et Empires de la Lune de Cyrano de Bergerac (GF),
– a comedy in prose : Dom Juan de Molière (GF),
– libertine tales in verse : Jean de La Fontaine, Contes libertins (Librio)
– and one novel : Les Liaisons dangereuses de Laclos (Poche).
Excerpts from texts by Rabelais, Casanova, and Sade will complete our overview.
The goal of this literature course is to examine the problematics of liberty and licentiousness through the study of the specific role of the subversif author. In the classical period, the word « libertine » is an insult, designating those who are reproached with an extreme liberty of conduct as well as thought. The work of « libertines » is thus always controversial: it must sidestep the different forms that repression or censureship might take, using forms of publication that avoid the mainstream and using irony to disguise intent. A variety of intellectual and philosophical references, styles and literary genres serve the “libertines”: lyrical works, novels, comedies, tragedies, travel narratives, pamphlets, philosophical essays or treatise. The study of the « libertine » allows for a singular point of view on a certain number of central notions: pleasure vs. moral code, order and disorder, rules and liberty, truth, plausibility and fiction, sensualism and eroticism, skepticism, etc.
In the light of these literary forms adopted by the “libertines”, our reflection will be organised chronologically and according to the literary genre rather than by theme, making it obvious that it is the writing that reveals the subversive message, while proposing a cultural and ironic complicity capable of concealing the great libertine themes.
We will base our study on
– a tragedy in verse: Les Amours tragiques de Pyrame et Thisbé de Théophile de Viau (photocopies)
– an imaginary travel in prose : Les Etats et Empires de la Lune de Cyrano de Bergerac (GF),
– a comedy in prose : Dom Juan de Molière (GF),
– libertine tales in verse : Jean de La Fontaine, Contes libertins (Librio)
– and one novel : Les Liaisons dangereuses de Laclos (Poche).

Excerpts from texts by Rabelais, Casanova, and Sade will complete our overview.

Summer 2014 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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FREN 6756 - Neo-classical French Drama      

Neo-classical French Drama

Faced with the world's misery, Heraclitus wept, and Democritus laughed: two facets, two masks, tragical and comical. Nowadays, the notion of "the tragic" often refers to a philosophical category involving issues of destiny and liberty; in the 17th century, its main function was to express a representation of humankind as a "theatre" of bloody horrors, whose display was meant to "purify" spectators by instilling in them a sense of terror and pity. This course aims to study formal characteristics of Early Modern French tragedy as a genre, including both the spectacle of impossible dilemmas in the manner of Corneille, and the poetical ceremony of fatal disasters induced by human passions as represented in the plays of Racine.
Whereas, in the 17th century, tragedy appeared as the undeniably dominant "grand genre," comedy, traditionally held as a lower form, underwent a crucial transformation through the contributions of Molière, who managed to elevate the genre from the farcical to the high comedic social satire. This comedy of manners bridged the gaps between old-fashioned farce, conventional satire, and a new formula of theatrical invention in which comedic form and tragic content could be reconciled. Our approach will combine generic, historical, literary and ideological perspectives, with an analysis of filmed productions of neo-classical plays.
Required texts:
Corneille, Le Cid, ISBN : 2290099066,
Corneille et Racine, Tite et Bérénice et Bérénice, ISBN : 2710382776
Racine, Phèdre, ISBN : 2290121495
Molière, Tartuffe, ISBN : 2290110361, Dom Juan, ISBN : 2081309378 Literature

Summer 2017 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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