Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Littérature française du XVIIe siècle/ 17th Century French Literature

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION The study-unit is composed of short presentations of major French movements of the XVII th century, with a study of specific texts. Students will become acquainted with the authors of XVIIe century French literature.

Study-Unit Aims:

The aims of this study-unit are:

- To introduce students to major French writers of the XVII th century;
- To present the main literary currents of the XVII th century French literature;
- To familiarise students with the interpretation of a literary text.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

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

- Recognize the main French writers of the XVII th century;
- Improve the ability to describe a literary text of the XVII th century (poetry, drama, novel);
- Distinguish between the various literary movements;
- Evaluate the relationship with other European literary movements through an analysis of different literary texts and pictorial works.

2. Skills:

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

- Situate a particular author or literary movement;
- Discuss what made the authors write certain works;
- Comment a literary text.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

- CORNEILLE, Pierre, Le Cid, Paris, Gallimard, 1993, “La Bibliothèque Gallimard”.
- LA FAYETTE, Madame de, La Princesse de Clèves, Paris, Gallimard, 2000, « Folio Classique ».
- LA FONTAINE, Jean, Fables, Paris, Gallimard, 2005, “Folioplus”.
- MOLIERE, La Jalousie du Barbouillé / Le Médecin volant, Paris, Flammarion, 2006, « “Etonnants classiques »”.
- MOLIERE, Les Précieuses riducles, Paris, Flamarion, 2006, « Etonnants classiques ».
- PERRAULT, Charles, Contes, Paris, Gallimard, 2000, « Folio ».
- RACINE, Jean, Phèdre, Paris, Gallimard, 1999, “Folio classique”.

Supplementary Readings:

- BENICHOU, Paul, Morales du Grand Siècle, Paris, Gallimard, 2006, "Folio".

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


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation (20 Minutes) SEM1 No 20%
Examination (1 Hour) SEM1 Yes 80%

LECTURER/S Dominique Jean Lanni

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