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FREN 323 Modern Family in France (CORE-Western Civilization)


Prerequisites: FREN 207 or 208 or permission of instructor (First semester-as needed/3 credits)

The modern nuclear family, along with its definitions of gender roles and familial obligations, may seem universal and normal to us today, but in fact it is a fairly recent idea that sprang from the age of Enlightenment and continued to evolve well into the 20th century. Through the works of authors such as Rousseau, Stendhal and Balzac, an analysis of the influence of Napoleon's Code civil, and critical perspectives from sociology and art history, we will explore the origin of the modern family, its cultural implications and its diverse forms in modern France.