Aims/Description: This module is taught in French. The module explores the discourses and representations of the environment in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century French literature. It charts the evolving relationships between the human, non-human, geological and climatic worlds in the period as they are (re)configured in contemporary French works. At the same time, the module opens up a critical/creative space to explore how these texts are read and experienced in the twenty-first century. Methodologically, the course broaches such approaches as deep ecology, environmental history, disaster studies, pastoralism, animal studies, ecofeminism, (post)colonial ecocriticism and the intersections between them. The structure of the course is broadly thematic, starting from pairs of texts across centuries to set up dialogues between them and their twenty-first-century readers.

Restrictions on availability: Completion of the Year Abroad in France or a francophone country OR B2/C1 level French language

Teaching Methods: Lectures, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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