Close study of selected major literary works from the Middle Ages to the end of the Ancien Régime. The course will normally focus on a theme, movement, or genre which links the selected works in a common or conflicting tradition. Previous topics have included “Self and Society: From the Age of Chivalry to Absolutism” and “French Theater in the 17th and 18th Centuries.” Class discussion and short papers will aim at developing the ability to read literature critically. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: ILCF 206 or consent of the instructor.