French

The Creative Bent (Full)

Anita J. Alkhas, Associate Professor

Course: FRENCH 192 SEM 001
Class Number: 43462
Credits: 3 HU
Time: 2:00 - 3:15 PM
Place: CRT 209

Course Description:

We tend to associate creativity with freedom and "thinking outside the box." Yet, many writers, artists, ilmmakers, and thinkers would argue that one cannot be creative without an intimate knowledge of the box itself. In other words, they understand that one must know the rules well in order to bend them successfully. In this course, we will study works by French "creatives" from a variety of periods and fields: Michel de Montaigne, George Sand, Marcel Duchamp, Georges Perec, and Agnes Varda (among others). Comparisons with recent bestsellers on creativity in the corporate world will allow us to gauge just how new these ideas are and to explore the relevance of the humanities to a range of entrepreneurial endeavors.

About the Instructor:

Anita Alkhas is Associate Professor of French in the Department of French, Italian and Comparative Literature. She has published articles on French culture and literature with an emphasis on the creative process and on modernism. Her current research focuses on the use of technology in language learning and teaching. Having been raised by two painters, she misses the smell of turpentine in the morning.