French Seminar - 2nd semester


a)To reflect, from a theoretical perspective, and to produce critical analysis on cultural and literary issues and topics of French expression´s literature.
b)To acquire concepts and methods for a bibliographic and academic guided research towards topics of French expression´s literature and culture, established according to the students´ interests and line of studies.
c)To develop research abilities in the literary and cultural studies field.
d)To complete an autonomous research work.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Christina Dechamps


Weekly - 4

Total - Available soon

Teaching language



Intermediate level knowledge of the French language.


ANGLARD, V. (1999). Les grands mouvements de la littérature française. Paris: Seuil.
ÉGÉA, F. et alii (1988). Histoire de la littérature française. Paris, Nathan, coll. Henri Mitterand, tomes I et II
GENETTE, G. (1982). Palimpsestes - La littérature au second degré. Paris : Seuil
GENETTE, G. (1979). Introduction à l´architexte. Paris : Seuil
HUET-BRICHARD, M.-C. (2001). Littérature et mythe. Paris : Hachette supérieur
NOUDELMANN, F. (2000). Avant-gardes et modernités. Paris : Hachette supérieur

Teaching method

Lectures about different topics of the syllabus.
Discussion of papers.
Supervision, focused on preparing and carrying out a research paper.
Assessment of knowledge implies a minimum of 2/3 of class attendance as well as the submission of a research paper which should show knowledge of the issues covered as well as the ability to deal in a critical manner with the concepts covered in the course.

Evaluation method

Submission of an essay in the areas of the seminar:
- Writing assignment (80%);
- Oral presentation and defence of the assignment (20%).

Subject matter

1. Literature and myth
1.1. genealogical perspective
1.2. analogical perspective
1.3. rhetorical perspective
1.4. historical perspective
2. Cultural and literary posterity of French Literature masterpieces
2.1. Middle Age: la Chanson de Roland, les 4 Fils Aymon, Tristan et Yseult
2.2. 16th century: Rabelais, Gargantua - Pantagruel / Ronsard, Various poems
2.3. 17th century: Racine, Phèdre / La Fontaine, Fables
2.4. 18th century: Laclos, Les Liaisons dangereuses / Voltaire, Candide
2.5. 19th century: Mérimée, Carmen / Hugo, Notre-Dame