History of French Literature from the French Revolution to the Present Day

lrom1200  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

History of French Literature from the French Revolution to the Present Day
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
5 credits
60.0 h
Zanone Damien;
Main themes
Chronological survey of all French literature of the period under consideration. The course takes care to supply historical reference points (continuities, relationships, changes, distinct shifts) and to show literature in relation to its cultural, political, social and religious contexts. It alternates between the presentation of overall features (identification of literary currents, development of literary genres) and the presentation of specific texts.

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

Situate literature in its different contexts (historical and formal); master the main lines of its development.

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”.
Course material will be presented in four major stages, roughly corresponding to the following half-centuries: 1789-1848; 1848-1914 ; 1914-1962; 1962 to the present day. It operates from the perspective of a literary history that is culturally and politically contextualised. After an introductory session on each period, the subject matter is approached through literary genres ( theatre, the novel, poetry, the essay and others); the conceptual and vocabulary tools needed to analyse each of them are highlighted. More specifically, students' attention is drawn to the material conditions of the production and diffusion of the works in question. There is also an examination of the critical issues involved in the periodisation of literature and, consequently, of the methods of literary history.
En 2019-2020, les lectures obligatoires sont les suivantes :
XIXe siècle 
Balzac, Honoré de, Illusions perdues (GF-Flammarion)
Sand, George, Gabriel (Folio)
Desbordes-Valmore, Marceline, L’Aurore en fuite. Poèmes choisis (Seuil, « Points », 2010)
Musset, Alfred de, On ne badine pas avec l’amour ; Lorenzaccio (les deux pièces en un seul volume GF-Flammarion)
Flaubert, Gustave, Madame Bovary (Le Livre de Poche)
XXe siècle
Apollinaire, Guillaume, Alcools (Gallimard, « Poésie »)
Céline, Louis-Ferdinand, Voyage au bout de la nuit (Folio)
Giraudoux, Jean, Électre (Le Livre de Poche)
Beckett, Samuel En attendant Godot (Minuit) ; Fin de partie (Minuit)
Sarraute, Nathalie, Le Planétarium (Folio)
Duras, Marguerite, L’Été 80 (Éditions de Minuit, « Double »)
Simon, Claude, Le Tramway (Éditions de Minuit, « Double »)
Faculty or entity

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

Title of the programme
Minor in French Studies

Minor in Literary Studies

Bachelor in Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures

Bachelor in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : General

Bachelor in Modern Languages and Literatures : General