Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE Littérature française du XVIIIe siècle/ 18th Century French Literature

LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION The aims of this study-unit are: to present different ways on representing alterity and elsewhere in the 18th century; to present major schools of thinking such as the Materialism ; to present scientific revolutions ; to present different literary, esthetic and cultural movements, such as the Rococo ; to analyse major works such as Supplément au Voyage de Bougainville by Denis Diderot, L’Ingénu and Candide by Voltaire, La Fausse suivante by Marivaux, Lettres persanes by Montesquieu, “la trilogie” de Beaumarchais, L’Encyclopédie.

Study-Unit Aims:

The aims of this study-unit are:

- To introduce students to major French writers of the XVIII th century;
- To present the main literary currents of the XVIII 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:

- Retrace the main evolutions of the French thought in the 18th century;
- Define the main characteristics of the representation of the other and the elsewhere;
- Characterize the main literary, aesthetic and cultural movements.

2. Skills:

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

- Analyse canonical texts;
- To analyse major works;
- To contextualize a work;
- To write a commentary or a dissertation on representations of alterity and elsewhere in the 18th century;
- To compare and analyse major works.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

- COLLECTIF, Trois contes philosophiques des Lumieres, Paris, Flammarion, 2012, Etonnants classiques. Edition etablie par Dominique Lanni.
- COLLECTIF, Contes excentriques des Lumières, Paris, Magnard, 2008, « Classiques et Cie ». Edition établie par Dominique Lanni.
- DIDEROT, Denis, Supplément au Voyage de Bougainville, Paris, Flammarion, 2003, « Etonnants classiques. Edition etablie par Dominique Lanni.
- MARIVAUX, La Fausse suivante, Paris, Le Livre de Poche, 2007, « Classique » Edition étabile par Pierre Malandin.
- MONTESQUIEU, Lettres persanes, Paris, Gallimard, 1973 «Folio».
- VOLTAIRE, L'Ingenu, Paris, Flammarion, 2006, Etonnants classiques. Edition etablie par Dominique Lanni.

Supplementary Readings:

- MOUREAU, François, L'Encyclopédie, Paris, Gallimard, 1992, "La Bibliothèque des Lumières".
- SAINT-AMAND, Pierre, La Politique à l'âge des Lumières, Paris, Editions du Seuil, 1996, "La Couleur des Idées".

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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