Aims/Description: This course consists of two consecutive 10-credit modules on the relations of literature to political discourse in the 19th century, with specific emphasis on the question of the people and its prerogatives in modern France. The main object of study of this course is the changes perceptible in French literature as a result of the development of the democratic ideal, from the end of the Empire to the Paris Commune. The second semester insists on the developments of the democratic ideal in the 'era of the masses', against the backdrop of the failed revolution of 1848, up to the dawn of the 20th century. It builds up on the qualifications acquired over the course of the first semester whilst introducing new literary movements (art ouvrier, naturalisme) and new political questions (socialism).
Restrictions on availability: Students must have linguistic competence in French equivalent to successful completion of the Year Abroad
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