Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Introduction à la littérature des voyages (XVIe et XXe siècle)/ Introduction to Travel Literature (16th to 20th Century)

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION This study-unit will be given in two times:

a. Travel narratives from 16th to 18th century:

The aim of this study-unit is to present a survey of the French travel narratives from 16th to 18th century. This survey will encompass : Léry’s Histoire d’un voyage fait en la terre du Brésil, Montaigne’s Voyage en Italie, Tachard’s Voyage au Siam, Lahontan’s Voyages and Dialogues, Bougainville’s Voyage autour du Monde and Diderot’s Supplément au Voyage de Bougainville.

b.Travel narratives from 19th to 20th century:

The aim of this study-unit is to present a survey of the French travel narratives from 19th to 20th century. This survey will encompass : Flaubert’s Voyages, Gautier’s Voyage en Espagne, Chateaubriand’s Itinéraire, Gide’s Voyage au Congo, Londre’s Voyage, Morand’s Carnets and Lévi-Strauss’ Tristes tropiques.

In this study-unit, we will:

- Draw a general picture of modern and contemporary poetic of the travel narrative;
- Present a chronology of the main travel narratives;
- Present the main themes of the travel narrative;
- Make a survey of the main types of travel narrative.

Study-Unit Aims:

The aims of this study-unit are:

- to present the characteristics of the travel narrative;
- to present different ways on representing Alterity and Elsewhere from 16th to 20th century;
- to present major schools of thinking;
- to present different literary and cultural movements;
- to analyse major works.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

Retrace the main evolutions of the travel narrative from 16th to 20th century;
    - To define the main characteristics of the representation of the Other and the Elsewhere;
    - To characterize the main literary and cultural movements.

Analyse canonical texts;
    - To analyse major works;
    - To replace a work in its context;
    - To write an assignment on the travel narrative;
    - The representation of Alterity and Elsewhere from 16th to 20th century.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Develop the ability to recognize the characteristics of a travel narrative;
- Establish a link between a travel narrative and the times during which it was written;
- Recognize the main intellectual, cultural and artistic movements in the travel narratives;
- Formulate in detail the characteristics of this movement;
- Describe the characteristics of a traveller’s style.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Primary Sources:

- Léry, Histoire d’un voyage fait en la terre du Brésil, Paris, Le Livre de Poche, 2000.
- Montaigne, Journal de voyage en Italie, Paris, Gallimard, 1983, «Folio».
- Lanni, Le Rêve siamois du roi Soleil, Paris, Cosmopole, 2004.
- Lahontan, Dialogues du Baron de Lahontan, Montréal, Lux, 2010.
- Bougainville, Voyage autour du Monde, Paris, Gallimard, 1982, «Folio».
- Diderot, Supplément au Voyage de Bougainville, Paris, Flammarion, 2003, «Etonnants classiques»
- Flaubert, Voyage en Orient, Paris, Gallimard, 2006, «Folio».
- Chateaubriand, Itinéraire de Paris…, Paris, Gallimard, 2005, «Folio».
- Gide, Voyage au Congo, Paris, Gallimard, 1995, « Folio ».
- Londres, Terre d’ebene, Paris, Arlea, 2003.
- Morand, Carnets d’un voyage aux Antilles, Caen, Passage(s), 2016.
- Lévi-Strauss, Tristes tropiques, Paris, Presses Pockett, 2001.

Secondary sources:

Lestringant, Le Brésil de Montaigne, Paris, Chandeigne, 2005.
Gomez-Geraud, Le Récit de voyage à la Renaissance, Paris, PUF, 1998.
Wolfzettel, Le Discours du voyageur, Paris, PUF, 1997.
Moureau, Le Théâtre des voyages, Paris, PUPS, 2012.

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Qualifications: Grade C or better at A level French


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Oral Examination (15 Minutes) SEM1 No 20%
Assignment SEM1 Yes 30%
Examination (2 Hours) SEM1 Yes 50%


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