Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 10 x 1-hour lectures
Seminars / Tutorials 10 x 1-hour seminars


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Exam 2 Hours   written examination  60%
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment: Two essays of 1500 - 2000 words each  40%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   written examination  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

Students will have a solid grounding in the 'genre' of the novel, and will be able to approach the novel critically and read with a sensitivity to the literary techniques employed by realist novelists. They will be able to approach a text with some theoretical awareness, and have a sophisticated grasp of the relationship between form and content.

Brief description

This module tackles key canonical texts from the golden age of the realist novel, giving students a grounding in the nineteenth-century novel, and an insight into an era of rapid modernisation in French society. Lectures will provide an introduction to the historical context: the place and role of literature in a rapidly changing socio-political situation, and the history of the novel form. Appropriate theoretical frameworks will also be introduced. Seminars will focus on aesthetic issues relating to realism, developing students' analytical and close-reading skills.

Reading List

Should Be Purchased
Bolster, Richard (1994) Stendhal/Le Rouge et le Noir Critical guides to French texts Grant and Cutler 0729303756 Primo search Culler, Jonathan Flaubert Elek 0236154672 Primo search Flaubert, Gustave (1999) Trois Contes Folio Classique (No 3245) Gallimard 2070409295 Primo search Haig, Stirling Flaubert and the Gift of Speech Camb. U.P. 0521326494 Primo search Jefferson, Ann Reading Realism in Stendhal Camb U.P. 052130475X Primo search Knight, Diana Flaubert's Characters Camb. U.P. 052130475X Primo search Pearson, Roger Stendal Violin Oxf U.P. 0198158513 Primo search Rait, A W (1991) Flaubert/Trois contes Critical guides to French texts Grant & Cutler 9780729304269 Primo search
Essential Reading
Balzac, Honoré de (2005) Le Père Goriot Hachette/Le Livre de Poche 9782253085799 Primo search Stendhal (2000) Le Rouge et le Noir Folio Gallimard 2070412393 Primo search
Recommended Text
Fairlie, Alison Flaubert Arnold Primo search
Supplementary Text
Crouzet, Michel Le Rouge et le Noir Presses universitaires de France 2130467105 Primo search Haig, Stirling Stendhal Camb. U.P. 0521349826 Primo search Heath, Stephen Gustave Flaubert Camb. U.P. 0521314836 Primo search Lloyd, Rosemary Madam Bovary Unwin Hyman 0048000841 Primo search Pearson, Roger Stendhal Longman 0582096170 Primo search Prendergast, Christopher Balzac E. Arnold 0713159693 Primo search Prendergast, Christopher Order of Mimesis Camb U.P. 0521237890 Primo search Richard, Jean-Pierre Littérature et Sensation Stendhal-Flaubert Seuil 1954. 2020124939 Primo search Unwin, Timothy A textes reflechissants Peter Lang 3906758303 Primo search
Consult For Futher Information
Bolster, Richard Stendhal Grant & Cutler 0729303756 Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6