Module Identifier FR20720  
Module Title FRENCH DRAMA 1600-1850  
Academic Year 2000/2001  
Co-ordinator John Trethewey  
Semester Semester 1  
Pre-Requisite (Normally) Eligibility for entry to Level 2 French.  
Course delivery Contact Hours   20 Hours lectures / seminars / tutorials  
Assessment Exam   2 Hours   60%  
  Continuous assessment   2 essays 1500-2000 words   40%  

Brief description
The three plays studied on this course serve as examples through which to trace the evolution of theatre in France from Classicism to Romanticism. The influences which shaped French theatre over the centuries are outlined - social and political circumstances and changes, cultural and religious influences - and the plays themselves together with the conventions that shaped them are examined in detail. Lectures will deal with generalities, while themes, roles and salient scenes and episodes will be treated in seminars.

Learning outcomes
As outcomes of this module, students will have acquired a knowledge of the contrasting conventions of French Classical and Romantic theatre, be acquainted with key dramatists in these periods, and be more deeply aware, through close study of the texts of some of the finest creative minds in the field of drama, of the resources - and limitations - of language.

Reading Lists
** Recommended Text
P Corneille. Horace. Livre de Poche
Moliere. Tartuffe. Livre de Poche
Beaumarchais. Le mariage de Figaro. Bordas
Victor Hugo. 'Le Roi s'amuse', in 'Theatre I'. Flammarion (GF no. 319)