Module Identifier FR20720  
Module Title FRENCH DRAMA 1600-1850  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr John Trethewey  
Semester Intended for use in future years  
Next year offered N/A  
Next semester offered N/A  
Pre-Requisite (Normally) Eligibility for entry to Level 2 French.  
Course delivery Other   20 Hours Contact Hours. lectures / seminars / tutorials  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours  60%
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment: 2 essays 1500-2000 words40%

Learning outcomes

As outcomes of this module, students wil 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.

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.

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
P Corneille Horace Livre de Poche
Moliere Tartuffe Livre de Poche
Beaumarchais Le mariage de Figaro Bordas
Victor Hugo Hernani Livre de Poche


This module is at CQFW Level 5