Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Voyage Et Litterature En France 17e-19e / Travel and Literature in France
Academic Year
Semester 1
Mutually Exclusive
Eligibility for entry to Level 4 French
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 4 x 50 minutes (weeks 1, 2, 6, 10)
Seminars / Tutorials 10 x 50 minute seminars
Workload Breakdown Attendance - 14 hours Preparation for in-class discussions, reading of excerpts - 20 hours Preparation of oral presentations - 26 hours Research for and writing of essay - 40 hours


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Attendance and participation in the in-class discussion  10%
Semester Assessment Oral presentation (ca 10 minutes) on a short text of secondary literature, defined by the module convener.  15%
Semester Assessment Oral presentation (ca 10 minutes) of an excerpt from a source text (item defined by the module convener)  25%
Semester Assessment Essay (1500-2000 words) on an aspect of one or more source texts, with use of secondary literature  50%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Written examination: essay question on travel literature; study of an excerpt of a travelogue  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

1. Read and interpret travel literature, with an awareness of the generic and historical characteristics of this type of texts.
2. Conduct basic level research in the field of travel studies, locating source texts and secondary literatures; reading critically secondary literature.
3. Understand and critically comment on short texts of secondary literature within the field. (This is a learning outcome only for level 3. See also the details of the examination process.)
4. Show a good awareness of the relationship between France and England during the 17th-19th centuries.
5. Express themselves clearly both in speaking and in writing.


Academic rationale:
The aim of this module is to study the various forms of travel literature from the 17th to the 19th century. The texts studied will focus on the British Isles as the experience of the "neighboring island" was essential for French culture. Students will learn to establish links between the texts studied and the cultural and literary history of contacts between France and England; and combine these with contemporary ideas about travel and its writing
The objective of the module is to provide students both with a general knowledge about this form of French-English intercultural contact, and with a wide range of critical reading and analyzing skills related to travel as a social practice and as a text.

Module aims:
Providing students with reading and analytical skills for the interpretation of travel texts; raising their awareness against anachronistic readings; study of major aspects of French-English relationship during the 17th-19th centuries. A series of introductory lectures will be followed by intensive collective work on specific texts.

Brief description

This module, taught in French, will approach the various forms of writing a travel experience in 17th-19th century France, through the example of travels to the British Isles. Travel literature was among the most important forms of reading during the early modern and modern period. Most people were not in a position to travel themselves, thus their reading of travelogues was their main source of information about the world.
The module will offer first of all a theoretical knowledge of the particularities of travel as a text in various periods; its changing relationship to notions such as "truth" and "authorship"; the contemporary ideas about its value as a form of "polite entertainment" and/or a crucial source of information. Parallel to this, students will study the changing relationship between France and England through the mirror of travel, this publicized personal experience.


1-2. Introduction (2 lectures+2 seminars): the birth of early modern travelling culture; the "art of travel" and ideas on travel as a form of education (Montaigne; ideas against travel in the 17th century; Rousseau; Chateaubriand; etc.). Questions about the possibilities and difficulties of writing travels in various periods. Tools for research in travel studies. Discussion of items of secondary literature
3. The discovery of England from the 1660s. Study of excerpts from Sorbière's scandalous accounts and Le Pays' "touristic" visit.
4. (Lecture) Philosophy and travel. (Seminar) Travel and propaganda: Huguenots (Misson)
5. Anglomania, Anglophobia and travels.
6. Travelling ladies: England as a "gendered experience"
7. The Celtic experience: Faujas de Saint-Fond in Wales; Madame de Genlis and the ladies of Llangollen.
8. Travel and exile: Chateaubriand; La Tocnaye's walks.
9. Travel to England in the 19th century: a new paradigm.
10. Conclusion (lecture). The changing nature of travel and its writing. (seminar) Conclusion to the semester; questions

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Possible through the use of statistical methods.
Communication Development of clear and accurate expression, in writing and in speaking.
Improving own Learning and Performance The essay assignment is based on independent research, with consultation possibilities with the module convener. The quality of independent thinking will be assessed in the essay assignment.
Information Technology Presentation software could be used during oral presentations. Students have to find on-line source texts and secondary literature.
Personal Development and Career planning Ability to work independently, identifying research questions. Awareness of the changing nature of intercultural relationships.
Problem solving Students have to track down texts; identifying of source text and excerpt for the essay assignment.
Research skills Students have to do independent research in preparation for their essays, including identifying and localizing source texts and secondary literature.
Subject Specific Skills Students have to do independent research in preparation for their essays, including identifying and localizing source texts and secondary literature.
Team work

Reading List

Essential Reading
Bertrand, Gilles dir. (2004) La culture du voyage : pratiques et discours de la renaissance a l'aube du XXe. Harmattan Primo search Hazard, Paul (1964) The European Mind Penguin Primo search Moureau, Francois ed. (1996) Metamorphoses du recit de voyage Honore Champion Primo search Thompson, Carl. (2011) Travel Writing Routledge Primo search Wolfzettel, Friedrich (1996) Le Discours du voyageur : pour une histoire litteraire du recit de voyage en France. PUF Primo search
Recommended Text
Jennifer Speake, London, Fitzroy Dearborn, 2003 (2002) The Literature of travel and exploration : an encyclopedia Primo search Peter Hulme and Tim Youngs eds. (2002) The Cambridge companion to travel writing Cambridge UP Primo search Thompson, Christopher W. (2012) French Romanitic Travel Writing Oxford UP Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6