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FR233 - Bestsellers of the 19th Century

  • Module code: FR233
  • Module name: Bestsellers of the 19th Century
  • Department: French Studies
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module aims to examine texts by four of France's greatest writers. The nineteenth century was the heyday of the novel and writers tried to convey the whole of society in their works. We will take François-René de Chateaubriand's short story René, George Sand's Indiana, Gustave Flaubert's world classic Madame Bovary, and Emile Zola's La Bête humaine and examine them not just as literary texts but also as social documents.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: FR233-15)
A (Assessed work only) 4000-4500 word essay 100%
C1 (Assessed/examined work) 2000-2500 word essay 50%
  1 hour examination (Summer) 50%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • Undergraduate French with Sociology (R1L3) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate French Studies with Portuguese (R1R5) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Italian and European Literature (RQ32) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate History of Art and French (V3R1) - Year 2