French Literature II
Cod: 51171
Department: DH
Scientific area: Literature
Total working hours: 156
Total contact time: 15

The curricular unit of French Literature II aims to study French literature in its cultural and artistic context, as well as fundamental works of leading authors from the 19th to the 21th centuries.

French Literature
19th to 21th Centuries
Realism and Modernism
Contemporary time

By the end of the semester the student is expected to:

• Situate leading authors and fundamental movements of French Modern and Contemporary Literature.
• Analyse in detail literary texts of modern and contemporary literature.
• Infer the dialog of Literature and Art from the study of canonical texts of the XX and XXI centuries in a comparative and transversal perspective which establishes bounds with other European cultures
• Be able to write a literary comment.

The aim of this curricular unit is to study leading authors and fundamental works of Modern and Contemporary French Literature, in articulation with the literary and artistic movements of that period, always in a transversal and comparative perspective.
This unit will be taught in Portuguese, with resource to translations, but will refer to the original texts whenever needed.
In order to offer a panoramic view of French Literature, three novels by three leading authors of the 19th to the 20th centuries will be studied:

Madame Bovary by Flaubert, a major work of literary realism

Swann’s Way (Combray) by Proust, the first part of the first volume of the monumental work In Search of  Lost Time which introduced major changes in the art of the novel.

Refrain of Hunger by Le Clézio, French Nobel prize in 2008, and the most important french contemporary writer.

Main Bibliography:

• FLAUBERT, Gustave, Madame Bovary, Lisboa, Relógio d’Água, 2011.

In original language :

• LE CLÉZIO, Jean-Marie Gustave, Refrain of Hunger, Lisboa, Dom Quixote, 2008.

• PROUST, Marcel,  Em Busca do Tempo Perdido - Volume I - Do Lado de Swann, Lisboa, Relógio d’Água, 2003.
In original language :

Other works recommended:

• BRUNEL, Pierre, Histoire de la Litterature Française, XIX et XX siècle, Paris, Bordas, 1971.

• MONTEIRO, Ofélia Paiva & OLIVEIRA, Cristina Cordeiro, Literatura Francesa Moderna e Contemporânea, Lisboa, Universidade Aberta, 1991.

Other works will be indicated during the semester.


Continuous assessment is privileged: 2 or 3 digital written documents (e-folios) during the semester (40%) and a presence-based final exam (p-folio) in the end of the semester (60%). In due time, students can alternatively choose to perform one final presence-based exam (100%).