Freedom and French Realism (MLF2003)

15 credits

This module will introduce you to two novels set against the backdrop of the July Revolution of 1830, an event that echoed the French Revolution’s earlier insistence on individual freedom. Both novels dramatize the conflict between the individual and society, where the freedom of the central character is limited by social origins, in the first case, and gender, in the second. Both works, by Stendhal and Sand, are early examples of what would later be known as French Realism, but they take interesting liberties with the codes that would later be associated with this style of representation.