FREN 017A. First-Year Seminar: Literature and Medicine
(Cross-listed as LITR 017FA )
Portrayals of doctors provide a great opportunity to discover some classic works of French Literature, including Molière’s The Imaginary Invalid, Flaubert’s Madame Bovary, Proust’s Swann’s Way, and Albert Camus’ The Plague. Other authors studied are Montaigne and Diderot. Students focus their discussions on the relationship with patients when these are seen as both human beings and objects of science. Another topic of interest is how literature can be viewed as therapeutic. Throughout the seminar, we try to understand what had made these works original in their times and a source of admiration up to our days.
Texts and discussions in English.
Eligible for INTP.
Fall 2017. Blanchard.
Spring 2019. Blanchard.
Catalog chapter: Modern Languages and Literatures: French and Francophone Studies
Department website: http://www.swarthmore.edu/french-francophone-studies