FRE 443H1F

Advanced Topics: Baudelaire


R. Le Huenen


An advanced, research-oriented course aiming at examining the dawn of a new aesthetics which defines the principles of modern poetry. Focusing on a close reading of Charles Baudelaire’s Les Fleurs du mal and Le Spleen de Paris, this course will address issues relating to the internal structures of poems and to their function, purpose and meaning within the narrative organization of each of the two works. We will also scrutinize the main aspects of Baudelaire’s imaginary: spleen, otherness, oblivion, transgression, love, horror, the abyss, the artist, the flâneur, the city, lyricism, modernism. In order to better assess the scope of Baudelaire’s poetics and its significance within the literary and cultural context of the time, some attention will be devoted to L’art romantique.

Required texts:

Baudelaire, Charles, Les fleurs du mal, Poche classique
Le Spleen de Paris, Garnier-Flammarion
L’art romantique, Garnier-Flammarion

Assignments and evaluation:

Essay (40%)
Textual analysis (25%)
Term test (25%)
Overall assessment (10%)

The Department takes into account the quality of students' French as one of the criteria in the evaluation of assignments and examinations. A minimum of 20% of the grade will be allocated to this aspect of written assignments.


FRE 240H1/FRE 245H1, FRE 344H1

Recommended preparation:

FRE 241H1