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Masterpieces of French Literature and Culture from the Eighteenth Century to Postmodernity (Level 5)


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What is a masterpiece? Must it be influential in and beyond its own century? Should it be the apotheosis of its genre, or seek to go further, bending or even breaking the rules?

We will be asking ourselves these and other such questions during this Masterpieces of French Literature from the Sixteenth Century to the Present short course, which aims for both an 'overview' and a 'sampling' approach to four centuries of French literature through studying a number of key works from each century. The texts represent all the major genres: poetry, drama and fiction. Each work will be studied within its historical context, and related to earlier and later texts where appropriate.

The course is taught and assessed in English but titles which appear in French will be studied in French.

Assessment is via two essays of 1500 words (25% each) and a three-hour examination (50%).

This can be taken as a standalone short course or as a part of:

30 credits at level 5

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

    This short course has no prerequisites.

    As part of the enrolment process, you may be required to submit a copy of a suitable form of ID.

    International students who wish to come to the UK to study a short course can apply for a Visitor visa. Please note that it is not possible to obtain a Student visa to study a short course.

  • How to apply

    How to apply

    You register directly onto the classes you would like to take. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis - so apply early. If you wish to take more than one short course, you can select each one separately and then register onto them together via our online application portal. There is usually no formal selection process, although some modules may have prerequisites and/or other requirements, which will be specified where relevant.