Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Littérature française du XIXe siècle/ 19th Century French Literature

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION After an overview of the numerous regime changes in the aftermath of the 1789 Revolution – Napoleon’s Empire, the Restoration and the other French Revolutions - this unit will focus on a number of influential novels that shed light on both the historical and literary context. An analysis of Victor Hugo and George Sand's work, written in the aftermath of the 1830 Revolution, will serve to highlight the Romantic literary movement and the vogue for the Gothic as a way of communicating the underlying tensions and anxieties of the time.

The second part of the study-unit will deal with a selection of short stories by Flaubert, Maupassant and Zola, which will be discussed for their stylistic features pertaining to the movements of Realism and Naturalism.

Study-Unit Aims:

- To analyse a number of canonical 19th century French novels and short stories.
- To assist students in understanding the features of French Romanticism, Realism and Naturalism.
- To contextualise these works within the historical, sociopolitical and literary scenario.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

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

- Identify the main literary movements in 19th century France;
- Understand the numerous revolutionary upheavals that characterized 19th century France;
- Identify and analyse key thematic concerns in the French novels and short stories studied;
- Link these literary developments to the historical context.

2. Skills:

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

- Analyse a selection of 19th century French novels and short stories;
- Consider the impact of historical and sociocultural factors on literary production.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Victor Hugo [1831], 'Notre-Dame de Paris' (Paris: Pocket Classiques, 2013).
- George Sand [1832], 'La Marquise'.
- Gustave Flaubert [1877], 'Trois Contes' (Paris: Folio Plus Classiques, 2003).
- Guy de Maupassant, 'Boule de Suif' [1880], Une partie de campagne [1881], 'La Parure' [1884], 'Le Horla' [1886].
- Emile Zola, La Mort d'Olivier Bécaille et autres nouvelles (Paris: Librio Littérature, 2012).

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Qualifications: Grade C or better at Matsec Advanced Level in French


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation (20 Minutes) SEM1 No 20%
Examination (2 Hours) SEM1 Yes 80%

LECTURER/S Marilyn Mallia

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