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FR118 Syllabus

Please find a downloadable version of the reading list here (PDF Document)

Set (primary) texts


Texts are displayed in the order in which they are to be studied. Where particular editions of texts are mentioned, students should try to obtain these editions (note that this does not apply to music or film, which will be available to borrow through the department's Transnational Resources Centre). All primary texts will be available to purchase from the University bookshop.

 MHRA Style Guide: A Handbook for Authors, Editors, and Writers of Theses, ed. by Brian Richardson et al. 3rd edn. London: Modern Humanities Research Association, 2013

This text - which sets out guidelines for presenting written work and for referencing sources - will be used throughout the year. You will need to take your copy with you to the Study Skills sessions that accompany the module. An electronic version is available here

term 1


La Châtelaine de Vergy.

Advised edition: La Châtelaine de Vergy, ed. Jean Dufournet and Liliane Dulac (Paris: Gallimard, 1994)
This is an inexpensive bilingual edition containing both the Old French text and a modern French translation. Note that you only need to read the modern French translation of this text.


Montaigne, Essais, book 1, ch 30/31: 'Des Cannibales.'

Advised edition: Montaigne, Essais, ed. by Marie-Madeleine Fragonard (Pocket Classiques, 1998). This is a good-value complete edition with helpful notes. Montaigne's essay is also available as an electronic resource : Read the original Exemplaire de Bordeaux edition (Edition Villey-Saulnier) at

Peter Barry, Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory , £rd edn (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2009)

This text will be used in all 4 of the theory lectures and in associated seminars. It will be helpful to begin to flick through this text and read its introduction before you arrive.

Voltaire, Candide

Advised edition: Voltaire, Candide (Paris: Larousse, 2007)

Maryse Condé, Le coeur à rire et à pleurer

Advised edition: Maryse Condé, Le coeur à rire et à pleurer (Paris: Pocket, 2002)

term 2

Abd Al Malik, Gibraltar

Album available to download from the web.

Film (arrangements for viewing will be made through the Department):

  • Jean Renoir, La Bête humaine (1938)
  • Jacques Audiard, Un héros très discret (1995) 

Foucault, Surveiller et punir

Advised edition: Michel Foucault, Surveiller et punir: naissance de la prison (Paris: Gallimard, 1975), Gallimard Tel Edition* (other editions will cost you much more)