Romanticism to Decadence: French Novels

Subject FREN20003 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2013.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1 x 1.5 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment:

2.5 contact hours/week, 6 additional hours/week. Total of 8.5 hours per week.


French 4 or French 6 or French Language and Culture 1B and French Intermediate Language & Culture B or equivalent.



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

Students who have completed the subject 116-018 Classical and Contemporary Novel or French Fiction l or Romanticism to Decadance: French Novels at third year level are not allowed to enrol in this subject.

Core Participation Requirements:

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Subject Overview:

In this subject students will study a selection of novels from the 19th century, analysing their narrative structures, and developing an awareness of their social and political contexts. Various theories of narrative will be used to facilitate an understanding of the evolution of the French novel from Romanticism to Decadence. At the end of this subject students should be able to analyse the narrative structure of various novels and hav e a better understanding of nineteenth-century French literature.

  • Be able to analyse narrative structures and develop an awareness of social and political contexts through study of a selection of novels from the 19th century.
  • Show a knowledge of the evolution of prose narration in French literature (Romanticism, Realism / Naturalism and Decadence).

An essay of 2000 words in French 50% and 2 class tests of 25% each (equivalent to 1000 words each).

This subject has the following hurdle requirements:

  • Regular participation in tutorials is required with a minimum of 75% attendance.
  • All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.

Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day and in-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Prescribed Texts:
  • René (Chateaubriand) 2007
  • La fille aux yeux d'or (Balzac) (1993)
  • La Curée (Zola) (1999)
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Be able to analyse the narrative structure of a series of 19th and 20th century novels.
  • Demonstrate critical awareness of the social, political and ideological context of these novels.
Related Course(s): Diploma in Modern Languages (French)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: French

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