Seminar : Literary History

lrom2725  2018-2019  Louvain-la-Neuve

Seminar : Literary History
5 credits
15.0 h
Guiderdoni Agnès; Zanone Damien;
Literary history and previous knowledge of different ways to analyse literary texts.
Main themes
The seminar will deepen localized issues. Depending on subjects and issues, texts from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century French literature will be selected.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :


It is thus presented as an introduction to personal research and preparation for the thesis in its various phases (analysis, problem setting, writing) from the point of view of literary history.


The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
In 2018-2019, the seminar is led by Professor Damien Zanone, in collaboration with the post-doctoral researcher, Audrey Lasserre. It is entitled “The woman writer:  discourse and representation (19th – 20th centuries)”. From a corpus made up of fiction (novels, plays, poetry), personal writing (autobiography, memoirs, correspondence, private diaries) and both scholarly and popular writing (criticism, essays, press), we will define the main features in discourse and representation of the paradigm of the woman writer. These features have obviously shifted a great deal in 200 years: we will clarify how exactly and also perhaps question some of their abiding characteristics.
Teaching methods
The seminar is led every other year by one of its two lecturers: in 2018-2019, by Professor Zanone and, in 2019-2020, by Professor Guiderdoni. Most of the sessions take place at the beginning of the term and, after an introduction to the subject, are designed to develop various concepts of problematisation. Students are then encouraged to work on their own; there are two sessions to oversee the progress and subsequent completion of this work.
Evaluation methods
Written essay to be prepared individually. This work will lead to an oral presentation during a last session of the seminar. It will have to be returned at the beginning of the examination session.
Other information
For any information, please contact by email Professor Agnès Guiderdoni
Planté, Christine : La Petite Sœur de Balzac. Essai sur la femme auteur, Lyon, Presses universitaires de Lyon, 2015.
Woolf, Virginia : Une chambre à soi (A room of one’s own, 1929)
+ bibliographie plus détaillée mise à disposition sur moodle (a more detailed bibliography available on moodle)
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures

Master [120] in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : General

Master [120] in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : French as a Foreign Language