Module Identifier FR32220  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Dr Bruno M L Sibona  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Dr Bruno M L Sibona, Professor David A Trotter  
Course delivery Lecture   10 Hours.  
  Seminars / Tutorials   10 Hours.  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours Written exam.  60%
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment: Two essays of 1500 - 2000 words each  40%
Supplementary Exam2/3 Hours 1 x 2-hour examination if continuous assessment submitted. 1 x 3-hour examination if no continuous assessment submitted.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 Lists

** General Text
Balzac, Honore de Eugenie Grandet 2080711105
** Essential Reading
Balzac, Honore de Eugenie Grandet
Flaubert, Gustave Madame Bovary
Stendhal Le Rouge et le Noir
** Recommended Text
Balzac, Honore de (2000) Eugenie Grandet GF Flammarion 2080711105
Flaubert, Gustave (2001) Madame Bovary Gallimard Folio 207041311X
Stendhal (2000) Le Rouge et le Noir Gallimard Folio 2070412393
** Supplementary Text
Crouzet, Michel Rouge et le noir Presses universitaires de France 2130467105
Culler, Jonathan Flaubert Elek 0236154672
Fairlie, Alison Flaubert Arnold
Haig, Stirling Flaubert and the Gift of Speech Camb.U.P. 0521326494
Haig, Stirling Stendhal Camb.U.P. 0521349826
Heath, Stephen Gustave Flaubert Camb.U.P. 0521314836
Jefferson, Ann Reading Realism in Stendhal Camb.U.P. 0521262747
Knight, Diana Flaubert's Characters Camb.U.P. 052130475X
Lloyd, Rosemary Madame Bovary Unwin Hyman 0048000841
Orr, Mary Madame Bovary Peter Lang 3906762904
Pearson, Roger Stendhal Longman 0582096170
Pearson, Roger Stendhal's Violin Oxf.U.P. 0198158513
Prendergast, Christopher Balzac E.Arnold 0713159693
Prendergast, Christopher Order of Mimesis Camb.U.P. 0521237890
Raitt, A. W. Originality of Madame Bovary Peter Lang 3906768449
Unwin, Timothy A Textes reflechissants Peter Lang 3906758303
** Consult For Futher Information
Bolster, Richard Stendhal Grant & C. 0729303756

Web Page/Sites
** Supplementary Text
French studies


This module is at CQFW Level 6