Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE FRE3037

 
TITLE Littérature, esthétique et philosophie/ Literature, Aesthetics and Philosophy

 
LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 4

 
DEPARTMENT French

 
DESCRIPTION This study-unit deals with the link between literature, aesthetics and philosophy. The study-unit gives an overview of the major philosophical currents of the 20th century (phenomenology, existentialism, hermeneutics) in relation to literature. It will also discuss, through examples, the way in which a philosophical approach enriches a literary text, while on the other hand, literature provides a space for philosophical reflection. This study-unit will focus upon the notions of reality, fiction, illusion and the presentation of possible worlds.

Study-Unit Aims:

The aims of this study-unit are to:

- Introduce students to the importance of aesthetics in literary studies;
- Present the main philosophical approaches of literature;
- Familiarise students with a philosophical discourse on the literary.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

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

- Recognize the main philosophical theories of literature;
- Describe a literary text;
- Acknowledge what is an aesthetical discourse;
- Expose to what extent the philosophical approach enriches the analysis of a literary text and in what way literature provides space for philosophical reflections.

2. Skills:

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

- Carry out an in-depth philosophical analysis of a literary text;
- Critically apply the theoretical knowledge learned in class to nonliterary discourse.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:
- Montalbetti, Christine, La Fiction, GF Corpus, 2001.
- Schaeffer, Jean-Marie, Pourquoi la fiction? Paris, Seuil, 1999.

Supplementary readings:
- Dumoulié, Camille, Littérature et philosophie : le gai savoir de la littérature, Armand Colin, 2002.

Students will be given a 'reader' of selected excerpts (philosophy, aesthetics).

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

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation (20 Minutes) SEM2 No 20%
Examination (2 Hours) SEM2 Yes 80%

 
LECTURER/S

 
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