Critical analysis of Texts : the French Language Novel

lrom1260  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Critical analysis of Texts : the French Language Novel
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
30.0 h + 7.5 h
Engel Vincent;
Excellent knowledge of French language

The prerequisite(s) for this Teaching Unit (Unité d’enseignement – UE) for the programmes/courses that offer this Teaching Unit are specified at the end of this sheet.
Main themes
Detailed analysis of one or more novelistic works, notably by confronting some interpretations elaborated by specialists. This analysis leads to situate the text into the historical, social and cultural configuration in which it has been generated ; To isolate operating tools in order to analyse the novelistic gender ; to estimate the value and limits of the various methods and theoretical orientations in use.
Focalisation on the novelistic gender is not exclusive : in relation with the particular questions treated, works from other genders, or other arts, could also be taken in consideration.
Students will work together in small groups which will allow other texts to be examined, facilitate learning and help students to have a practical involvement in their studies.

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

1 To be able to produce a relevant and illuminating analysis, with arguments, of a poetic text ;
To situate it on stylistic, aesthetical, historical and cultural levels ;
To evaluate the crossing between methodological tools and results ;
To write an analysis.

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”.
The work of Albert Camus is the main source material for this course. After a general introduction to his career as a writer and philosopher, and a brief analysis of le Mythe de Sisyphe, l'Envers et l'Endroit and l'Homme Révolté, an extremely detailed analysis of  L'Etranger will not only enable a link to be made between the thought and aesthetics of a writer and a particular work, but also a great number of different analysis techniques to be applied to this especially rich text.
Teaching methods
Formal lectures and working groups. Attendance in working groups is compulsory. Absence without a valid excuse will have an impact in the final examination.
Evaluation methods
Students will individually analyse a text which has not been previously studied in either lectures or working groups. Their critical analysis will use methods seen in lectures and working groups.
Other information
Online resources

Lecture obligatoire : Marcel Proust, Du côté de chez Swann, À l’ombre des jeunes filles en fleur, Le temps retrouvé, de préférence dans la collection « Folio ».
Faculty or entity

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

Title of the programme
Minor in French 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