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FR 4036

Course Co-ordinator: Professor A Saunders

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to students in Programme Year 4 with a reading knowledge of French.

Note(s): This course may NOT be included as part of a graduating curriculum with FR 3036 (French Emblem Literature A). This course will be available in 2013/14 and in alternate sessions thereafter.

Emblem literature, with its combination of word and image, was popular across Europe in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries for its usefulness both as a teaching tool and as a source of iconographic inspiration, but France was several decades ahead of the rest of Europe. The course will examine a selection of French emblem books, noting the rich diversity of practice, and analyse the ways in which they could be used as vehicles for social comment as well as for political or religious propaganda, and for practical purposes as pattern books for artists in other media such as embroidery, tapestry, painting, woodcarving. Some English emblems will also be studied. In addition, 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.

1 two-hour meeting per week.

1st Attempt: In-course assessment: two written assignments (100%).