Le Siècle des Lumières or Enlightenment is geared to students with an intermediate-high level knowledge of French. Under the reigns of Louis XV and Louis XVI, the Philosophes, Diderot, Montesquieu, Voltaire, Rousseau, and writers such as Corneille, Racine, Molière, La Fontaine, among others, questioned absolutism and divine right monarchy, as well as Catholic teachings, in order to promote a belief in reason, tolerance, and the right to human dignity. The Encyclopédie and salons facilitated the exchange of ideas. After briefly talking about the reigns of the two kings, we will spend the rest of the time reading and analyzing French excerpts of relevant literary works. Handouts, pictures, and music from the Internet and PowerPoint presentations will be posted on my website. As always, students are invited to pick an important figure and personify him/her to make us live his/her dreams and ideals. A good Internet connection is important. Lecture (plus Questions) Facilitated Discussion Listening to Music or Other Audio Viewing Videos
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