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FR4088: THOUGHT AND LAUGHTER IN EARLY MODERN FRENCH LITERATURE B (2017-2018)

Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 10:23


Course Overview

This course provides an introduction to early modern French literature and its contribution to the religious and philosophical debates of the period, by looking at how several major authors used laughter to challenge prevailing ideas and beliefs. Various comic forms will be studied across a range of literary genres, such as comedy, fable, picaresque novel and ‘conte philosophique’. Authors will change from year to year, but might include, for example, Molière, La Fontaine, Cyrano de Bergerac, Voltaire, and Diderot.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Bruno Tribout

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 4

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course provides an introduction to early modern French literature and its contribution to the religious and philosophical debates of the period, by looking at how several major authors used laughter to challenge prevailing ideas and beliefs. Various comic forms will be studied across a range of literary genres, such as comedy, fable, picaresque novel and ‘conte philosophique’. Authors will change from year to year, but might include, for example, Molière, La Fontaine, Cyrano de Bergerac, Voltaire, and Diderot. Students will extend their understanding of the subject by means of independent research, setting the topics treated in their wider context and synthesizing material from a range of sources.

Further Information & Notes

This course may not be included as part of a graduating curriculum with FR3088 (Thought and Laughter in Early Modern French Literature A).

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

None.

Contact Teaching Time

22 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

  • 100% essay

Formative Assessment

None.

Feedback

None.

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