French Fables and Fairy Tales: The Process of Telling & Building Ourselves
The skills and building blocks for narrative self-invention are captured and communicated in the tales French children are told from their earliest age, in the fables and fairy tales of their traditional bedtime reading. The French masters of these two literary genres of writing for children are Jean de la Fontaine and Charles Perrault. The initial seventeenth-century readership for these two authors however was the highly refined and sophisticated salon society of the day. The course examines this body of classical French literature and considers the question of how it works, how it persists in its relevance, the lessons it teaches, the psychoanalysis to which it has been subjected, along with theories of identity-formation, in order to get beyond the "Happily ever after" ending and on to the point.
LIT 390S, MEDREN 390S