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Module Outline

Week 1. Introduction to 19th-century France

Introduction to the key ideas, theories and concepts on the module including

  • how France emerged from the French Revolution and the Empire
  • Republicanism
  • Industrialisation

Weeks 2-4: 1830 Revolution

Source texts: extracts from newspapers and pamphlets + George Sand’s Indiana

  • Freedom of press
  • Women and proto-feminism

Weeks 5-8: 1848

Source texts: selection of satirical prints, extracts from newspapers and pamphlets + from Hugo’s Les Misérables and from Flaubert’s L’Education sentimentale

  • Class conflict
  • Economics
  • Intellectuals as politicians

Weeks 9-10: The Franco-Prussian war and the Commune of 1871

Source texts: extracts from newspapers and pamphlets + Zola’s La Débâcle

  • National identity
  • The values of France

Week 11. Revision

An overview of the key themes examined during the course of the module, with a particular focus on the genesis of Republicanism and the role of writers in 19th-century society