Writing on Art: Text and Image in Modern French Culture - FR621

Sorry, this module is not currently running in 2019-20.

Pre-requisites

Prerequisite: FREN6480 – French Upper Intermediate B2, or FREN6520 – French Intermediate B1-B2 (Intensive)

Restrictions

None

2019-20

Overview

The eighteenth-century 'philosophe' Denis Diderot was the first major French author to write at length about painting, and he bequeathed to later writers such as Baudelaire a new literary genre, the 'salon'. The mutual influence of literature and the visual arts is a major theme of nineteenth-century French culture, and an important area of current research. The module will begin with a study of selection of passages from Diderot's 'Salon de1767'. We will then examine Balzac's 'Le Chef d'oeuvre inconnu', Baudelaire's 'Le Peintre de la vie moderne', Zola's 'L'Oeuvre', and a selection from Proust's 'A la recherche du temps perdu'.

Details

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Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 20

Method of assessment

Essay (2,000 words) – 40%
Presentation (15 minutes) – 20%
Examination (2 hours) – 40%

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading:

Balzac, H. de. (2005). Le Chef d'œuvre inconnu. Paris: Gallimard
Baudelaire, C. (2010). 'Le Peintre de la vie moderne'. Paris: Fayard
Diderot, D. (2008). Salon de 1767. Paris: Hermann
Proust, M. (2003). Marcel Proust, A la recherche du temps perdu. Paris: Gallimard (Extracts to be provided)
Zola, E. (2006). L’Œuvre. Paris: Gallimard

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

- Demonstrate a systematic appreciation of the differences and similarities between the manner in which French writers of the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries seek to populate their texts with works of art, particularly paintings, through discussion of texts by Denis Diderot, Honoré de Balzac, Charles Baudelaire, Emile Zola and Marcel Proust;
- Demonstrate a coherent understanding of the literary guises in which works of art, particularly, paintings, can be made to appear;
- Demonstrate their critical understanding of a particular and vivid form of the relationship between fictional text and 'world';
- Demonstrate their critical appreciation for some of the ways in which the literary and the non-literary intersect;
- Demonstrate a professional ability to analyse and describe fictional narratives, particularly those containing descriptions of works of art;
- Demonstrate their ability to read confidently in French.

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