Fiction and the Age of Enlightenment

French 409

Usual Description

The philosophers of the Enlightenment sought to revolutionize their century through intellectual and scientific discoveries. Above all, they wanted to enlighten their contemporaries by promoting scientific truths. Nonetheless, their most powerful writing tools were not their philosophical treaties but their works of fiction. This course will explore novels, plays, poems and short stories written by Voltaire, Diderot, Laclos, Rousseau to understand the appeal of using fiction in promoting philosophical ideas during the eighteenth-century.

Areas of Interest
Time Periods

1700 - 1800

Languages Used


Course Listings

These are all of the listings of this course recorded in the Oberlin course catalog since the fall of 2007.

Listing Semester Professor
French 409 Taught by Preeamvada Leelah