Questions of Literary History

lrom2720  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Questions of Literary History
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
22.5 h
Zanone Damien;
Main themes
Literary history is a critical construction, ever shifting, which tells us just as much about the context in which it is produced as the periods to which it refers: discourse which brings together past and present. The course invites students to become aware of this phenomenon by discovering the principles and elements involved in the construction of this discourse.
Each year, a specific subject is chosen (an aspect of literary life, the development of a genre or a theme), which provides the main topic for study.

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

1. By the end of the course, students should be able to:
  • set discourse on literature in a historical context and know how to recognise the principles they employ. To identify accounts of literary history as examples of built discourse.
  • establish a link between literature theory (view of the the phenomenon of literature in general) and critique (view of individual works).
  • set literary studies in the context of social sciences.
  • produce a critique of the critique : to treat accounts of literary history as structures for analysis ; to highlight the strategies employed by different forms of criticism.

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”.
Evaluation methods
Corpus d’étude principal
  • Roland, Jeanne-Marie [Manon, Mme], Mémoires particuliers [1795], dans La Fabrique de l’intime. Mémoires et journaux de femmes du XVIIIe siècle, éd. Catriona Seth, Paris, Robert Laffont, « Bouquins », 2013, p. 497-679 ; éd. Cl. Perroud, Paris, Plon-Nourrit, 1905, 2 vol., vol. II, p. 1-277 [mis à disposition sur moodle : p. 516-800 du fichier pdf].
  • Chateaubriand, François René de : Mémoires d’outre-tombe, éd. Jean-Claude Berchet, Paris, Librairie générale française, « Le Livre de poche », 1989-1998, 4 vol., vol. I
  • Leiris, Michel : L’Âge d’homme [1939], Paris, Gallimard, « Folio », 1973.
  • Barthes, Roland, Roland Barthes par Roland Barthes [1975], Paris, Éditions du Seuil, « Points Essais », 2014.
  • Sarraute, Nathalie, Enfance [1983], Paris, Galliard, « Folio », 1985.
  • Levé, Édouard, Autoportrait [2005] Paris, P.O.L., « formatpoche », 2013.
  • Ernaux, Annie, Les Années [2008], Paris, Gallimard, « Folio », 2010.
Faculty or entity

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

Title of the programme
Master [120] in Journalism

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

Master [120] in Communication

Advanced Master in Gender Studies

Certificat universitaire en littérature

Master [120] in Anthropology

Master [120] in History

Master [120] in Ethics

Master [60] in Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures

Master [60] in French and Romance Languages and Literatures : General

Master [120] in Philosophy

Master [120] in Sociology

Master [120] in Translation

Master [120] in Psychology

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

Master [120] in Ancient and Modern Languages and Literatures