First-Person Outsiders in Modern French Literature (MLF3075)

15 credits

This module explores five works dating from the early 19th century to the late 20th century. All are written in the first person and from the perspective of an outsider figure, and all dramatise the relationship between self and other. It examines the reasons why an author might choose to speak from an outsider’s perspective, and what effects might be produced by this strategy. Lectures will offer an introduction to the significance given to the outsider figure in French literary history, and will discuss relevant historical, cultural, critical and theoretical frameworks for each of the primary texts. Seminars will engage in close readings and discussion of the primary texts and selected critical and/or theoretical texts.