2014-15 assessed essay questions
The following titles are intended for the 2,000-2,500 word essay of the 50% essay / 50% exam assessment route. You may use the titles as inspiration for a 100% assessed essay of 4,000-5,000 words, but you should in that case suitably expand the corpus of texts referred to.
1. Théophile, or the poetics of defiance (with specific reference to the anthology of Théophile’s writing set for study [Théophile de Viau. Après m’avoir fait tant mourir]).
2. ‘…monstrer aux hommes les vices auxquels ils se laissent insensiblement emporter’ (Sorel, Francion, ‘Advertissement d’importance aux lecteurs’): satire as a vehicle for libertinage (with particular reference to at least two of the texts you have read for this module [specify which*]).
3. Gender and sexuality in the seventeenth-century libertin movement, with specific reference to at least two of the texts you have read for this module (specify which*).
4. Esprit gaulois vs. bel esprit: a comparative study of the style of the voyages galants of Bachaumont and Chapelle and La Fontaine, and at least one other text you have read for this module (specify which*).
5. A la recherche des “moucherons de taverne”: EITHER a cultural-historical examination of libertinage and social class OR an analysis of social class and deviant behaviour in two of the texts you have read for this module*.
*Specify your chosen texts in the title of your essay. The Libertine Anthology and the anthology of Théophile de Viau’s poetry each count as one textual unit; the voyages galants of Bachaumont and Chapelle and La Fontaine should also be counted as just one unit towards the quota.