The audiovisual components and computerized montages, made available on the IFUPE website during the course as extensions of it, will be particularly rich and varied, lending an extra dimension to our work.
Understandingtheplace of literature in French culture can be done only by taking account of the emblematic figure of "grand écrivain" in France. Based on the study of paradigmatic cases, we shall consider these embodiments of literature.
The figure of the "grand écrivain" in France
Several works from different periods are investigated following major unifying themes. This way, we plan to inculcate a critical faculty essential for reading French literature.
In certain cases, during the session, paperback editions of the works studied will be distributed to students (free, of course).
As the course progresses, selected extracts from the texts studied, especially poetry, will be read by an actress who specializes in such work. In this way, they will be fervently brought to life.
The “extras” in the French literature module
Directly linked to the extramural cultural modules, we shall give concrete reality to class work on great writers by leading visits to places related to their lives (writers' houses, museums…).
Link with the extramural cultural modules
Figures of "great writers"
We analyze with students the different works prescribed at the beginning of the session, texts chosen from different periods of French literary history. An approach to style and to the canonical value of the selected works (novel, poetry...).
INSTITUT DE FORMATION
The study of French literature within the perspective of the general culture that we plan to offer implies two aspects: an approach to French literary history, but also the discovery of great works studied throughout the study session. Two aspects which offer a genuine introduction to French literature, one of the pillars of the course in general culture proposed by the Institute.
Literature and literary history
Victor Hugo and the poet's mission
Baudelaire and the protest by modernité
Rimbaud and the “poètes maudits” (damned poets)
Arrival and trajectories of Symbolism
The novel from Realism to Naturalism
Proust and narrative invention
Céline and linguistic change
Existentialism and “littérature engagée” (committed literature)
The “Nouveau Roman” (new novel) and the dead-end of formalism
Retours de la tradition narrative
The poetry of neutrality and recollections of Mallarmé
Frontiers of the absolutely contemporary
Literary France and modernity
The place of literature in French culture
16th century: Villers-Cotterêts and the Pléiade
17th century: Classicism and Cartesianism
18th century: The turning-point of the Enlightenment