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FR 4562

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 will be available in 2012/13 and in alternate sessions thereafter.

This course may NOT be included as part of a graduating curriculum with FR 3562 (The Renaissance in France A).

The course aims to help students achieve an understanding and appreciation of a number of French literary works of the sixteenth century, within the broader context of the European Renaissance. Prose fiction of Rabelais is studied together with the work of two major sixteenth-century French poets. Some non-French writing of the period is also studied (in English translation), as well as topics such as the renewal of interest in classical antiquity, the development of printing and social change. 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.

2 one-hour meetings per week.

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