Module Identifier FR32220  
Academic Year 2007/2008  
Co-ordinator Dr Bruno M L Sibona  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Dr Benjamin Andreo  
Course delivery Lecture   10 Hours.  
  Seminars / Tutorials   10 Hours.  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours  60%
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment: Two essays of 1500 - 2000 words each. Only the better of the two marks will be taken for the continuous assessment element. This is to allow some assessment to be formative as well as (or intead of) summative. If a student fails to submit one piece of the two required, and does not supply the tutor concerned with valid reasons/evidence in writing, the mark for the one piece of work submitted will be carried forward as a continuous assessment mark, but divided by two. If no assessed work is submitted, the mark for the continuous assessment element (which will be fed into the overall module assessment) will be zero.40%
Supplementary Exam 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

** Essential Reading
Balzac, Honoré de (2005) Le Père Goriot Hachette / Le Livre de Poche 9782253085799
Flaubert, Gustave (1999) Trois Contes Folio classique (No 3245) .. Gallimard 2070409295
Stendhal (2000) Le Rouge et le Noir Folio. Gallimard 2070412393
** Recommended Text
A.W. Raitt (1991) Flaubert / Trois contes Critical guides to French texts. Grant & Cutler 0729303349
Richard Bolster (2001) Balzac / Le Père Goriot Critical guides to French texts. Grant & Cutler 9780729304269
Richard Bolster (1994) Stendhal / Le Rouge et le Noir Critical guides to French texts. Grant & Cutler 0729303756
** Supplementary Text
Crouzet, Michel Le 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
Unwin, Timothy A Textes reflechissants Peter Lang 3906758303
** Consult For Futher Information
Bolster, Richard Stendhal Grant & C. 0729303756

Web Page/Sites
** Supplementary Text


This module is at CQFW Level 6