Module Identifier FRM0130  
Academic Year 2001/2002  
Co-ordinator Dr Andrew Hussey  
Semester Semester 1  
Assessment Essay   essay and commentary on a set text essay 2,500 and commentary 1,500 words   40%  
  Exam   3 Hours   60%  


The aims of this module are to trace and consider the development of poetic theory and practice from the mid nineteenth century to the early twentieth century. These developments will be with specific reference to French poets concerned with the study of the crisis in representational language (Baudelaire, Mallarme) and the poetic object (Breton, Bataille), two themes which exerted considerable influence on twentieth century literary theory.

Learning outcomes

The close attention to poetic language will provide a basis for subsequent study of twentieth-century literature and literary theory.

On completion of this module students will be able to:

Those students who wish to go on with their studies should be able to demonstrate that they have a solid foundation for postgraduate research


Lecture/ Seminar list

Week 1: Paths to the Absolute: an introduction (lecture)

Week 2: The historical context 1857-1898 (lecture and seminar)

Week 3: Poetry and the City: Baudelaire (lecture and seminar)

Week 4: Case study: `Tableaux parisiens? (two seminars)

Week 5: The crisis of metaphysical language: Mallarme (lecture and seminar)

Week 6: Case study: `Prose (pour des Esseintes)? (two seminars)

Week 7: The historical context 1900-1927 (lecture)

Week 8: Symbolism to Surrealism: Andre Breton (lecture and seminar)

Week 9: Case study: `L'union libre? and extracts from the `Deuxieme manifeste du surrealisme? (seminar)

Week 10: The inner scar: Georges Bataille (lecture and seminar)

Week 11: Case study: `Tempete des flames? and `L'experience interieure? (two seminars)

Week 12: Conclusions (seminar)