French Literature in the Time of Revolutions and Industrialization

Instructor :

I. Kirouac-Massicotte

Description :

Marked by political upheavals (popular uprisings, revolts, revolutions) and changing political systems (monarchies, republics, commune, empires), the “long 19th century” (roughly 1789-1914) is considered to be the century of “revolutions”. These deep transformations were not limited to the political sphere: literary, aesthetic, scientific and media revolutions were taking place at an astonishing pace as industrialization and colonization changed the face of the French nation. Combining social and cultural history, the study of literary movements and their major authors, and the analysis of literary forms and genres, the course will focus on a number of key works and topics, such as colonialism, the working class, decadence and women's condition.

Required Texts :

Sand, George. Indiana; Zola, Émile. LʼAssommoir; Huysmans, Joris-Karl. À rebours; Colette. Claudine à l'école.

Assignments and Evaluation :

Two In-Class Tests (40%); 4 Quizzes (20%); Essay (30%); Participation (10%)

The Department takes into account the quality of students' French as one of the criteria in the evaluation of assignments and examinations.   A minimum of 20% of the grade will be allocated to this aspect of written assignments.

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