Belgian Francophone Literature

lrom1323  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Belgian Francophone Literature
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
Piret Pierre; Richir Alice (compensates Piret Pierre);
There are no prerequisites for this course.
Main themes
- The course studies the works of the most recognized authors and goes on to look at the complex conditions of the emergence and blossoming of a French-speaking literature in Belgium.
- Analysis of exceptional works and of the aesthetic currents to which they belong leads, more generally, to exploring their connections with the country's political, linguistic, and institutional history, to identifying affinities with the literature of neighbouring countries, and, in the case of the most recent of them, to situate them within the framework of the French-speaking world.

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

1 The skills to be acquired are aesthetic, historical, and political in nature.
They involve:
- recognizing the existence,
- knowing the complex history,
- understanding the worth and the particular characteristics,
- and analysing the main works of Belgium's French-speaking literature.

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”.
Built following an inductive methodology, the course will focus on the great works of Belgian French-speaking literature, locates them in their context and brings out the singular answer they have given to the discourses peculiar to the time. The accent will be stressed on the problematic matters. These are explained in the syllabus, which gathers the contextual and historical data dealt within the lectures, and systematically presents them in a patrimonial prospective (whereas the lectures will mainly focus on textual questioning and analysis). The syllabus gives additional information rather than repeating the lectures.
Contents: Complexity of an emerging literature. De Coster and the Legend of Ulenspiegel. Lemonnier and the naturalism. 1880's generation (Rodenbach, Maeterlinck, Elskamp, Eekhoud, Verhaeren). Effervescence of the inter-war period (new dramaturgies, surrealisms, Baillon, and so on) After World War II (exile figures, "Belgique sauvage"). Turning-point of the Seventies (return to the History, ways of intimacy).
Teaching methods
The course consists of lectures and a list of required reading.
Group work leading to the writing of a synoptic note devoted to a French-speaking Belgian literary text.
Evaluation methods
A written examination will evaluate knowledge of history and of literary history, as well as an aesthetic analysis of works (75%)
Group work will be submit on Moodle for the first day of the session: all members of a group receive the same rating (25%) 
Other information
Une bibliographie établie en fonction du programme de l'année est déposée sur Moodle. Le programme de lectures obligatoires de l’année y est disponible dès septembre. 
Faculty or entity

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

Title of the programme
Minor in Culture and Creation

Minor in French Studies

Minor in Literary Studies

Certificat universitaire en littérature

Bachelor in Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures

Bachelor in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : General

Bachelor in Modern Languages and Literatures : General

Master [120] in Performing Arts