FR20160 The Realist Novel

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module focuses on the literary movement known as Realism, examining in depth major works by Honoré de Balzac and Gustave Flaubert. Close attention will be paid to the set texts with emphasis also given to their sociological inspiration and philosophical implications. Topics to be discussed may include the relation between individual and society, Realism as formalism, Realism as social critique, Realism as subversive writing, authenticity and selfhood. The module is also intended to extend the skills of essay writing developed in Level-One modules in French literature.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to: read the set texts in an informed and critical way; discuss the set texts with reference to their general cultural context and philosophical implications; demonstrate a broad understanding of Realism; analyse the set texts in essay form.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Seminar (or Webinar)


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures, reflection, small-group discussion, close reading. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
FR10020 - French Language I b, FR10070 - French Grammar & Expression

FR20070 - C19 French Literature II

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Class Test: In-class test on Balzac's "La Maison du Chat-qui-pelote" Week 8 n/a Graded No


Examination: End of trimester examination 2 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

For both assignments, students will initially be provided with a grading rubric. All students will then be given an opportunity for verbal feedback.