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The second half of the nineteenth century saw the development of a new literary genre whose paradoxical name itself, "poème en prose", defeats the classical distinction of prose and poetry as well as contributing to a new definition of what "poetry" and "poetic" mean.
This course will endeavour to grasp such a new definition by exploring the key features and the socio-cultural implication of this paradoxical genre. Once some theoretical and historical background for the problemtic genre of "poème en prose" has been established, the focus will be put on various close readings of actual nineteenth-century "poème en prose". Students will therefore be provided with methodological tools to analyse literary texts.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject, students should:
- have demonstrated knowledge of the historical rise and development of the marginal genre of "poème en prose" in the second half of the nineteenth-century French literature and culture;
- have gained a greater understanding of the notion of "genre" and its limits when confronted with empirical examples of "poème en prose";
- be able to elaborate an oral/written "explication de texte".
At the completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to communicate knowledge intelligibly and economically: through essay and assignment writing, tutorial discussion and class presentations.
- have developed written communication skills: through essay and assignment preparation and writing.
- have developed public speaking skills and confidence in self-expression: through tutorial participation and class presentations.
- be able to pay attention to details: through close reading and textual analysis, essay preparation and writing.
- be able to time manage and plan: through managing and organizing workloads for required and recommended reading, essay and assignment completion and revision for examinations.
Last updated: 18 December 2020