Coffee and Cigarettes: The Making of French Intellectual Culture
Examines a quintessential French figure – l’intellectuel – from a long-term historical perspective. We will observe how this figure was shaped over time by such other cultural types as the writer, the artist, the historian, the philosopher, and the moralist. Proceeding in counter-chronological order, from the late 20th to the 16th century, we will read a collection of classic French works. As this course is a gateway for French studies, special emphasis will be placed on oral proficiency. Prerequisites: 2 years college-level French.