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FCS 391H1S
Special Topics in FCS II: Social Utopianism in France


A. Lanza


Utopian thought is a way not only to imagine an ideal society but also to represent and understand the current society. This course explores social utopianism in order to investigate aspects of the French culture of the 19th century, such as the emergence of social science, the fear of social division, and the reaction to metropolitan chaos. Although it will focus on the golden age of French social utopianism, it will also consider utopic writings dating back to the French Revolution and will propose some comparisons with the imaginaries of the 20th century.

Required Texts: custom pack with the texts in English translation will be included in the course pack – 200/250 pages.

Assignments and evaluation: Mid-term Test: 25%; Final Test: 25%; Final essay: 35%; Participation: 15%.

Prerequisite: At least 5 courses in any subject.


This course is found in the following categories:


Revue Arborescences

Considérant que rien de ce qui touche la langue française ne lui est étranger, la revue Arborescences se veut un espace de réflexion sur les enjeux actuels des études françaises aussi bien en littérature, en linguistique qu’en didactique.

History of the Department

French Studies at the University of Toronto 1853-1993