French Fantasy Literature

Dublin City University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    French Fantasy Literature

  • Host University

    Dublin City University

  • Location

    Dublin, Ireland

  • Area of Study

    French, French Culture, Literature

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    The course charts the development of the Fantasy short story in the context of 19th-century France, and focuses on defining the specificity of le fantastique in relation, for example, to fairy-tale and science-fiction stories. Through close readings of the set texts, and of excerpts of other key texts, students will identify the various functions played by characters, supernatural elements, setting & context, and certain readerly responses such as doubt and hesitation. Students also consider in detail the impact of genre on Fantasy and become familiar with the major critical assessments & theories, advocated by, among others, Castex, Caillois and Todorov. 

    Learning Outcomes
    1. Define and discuss the specificity of le fantastique in relation to linked genres
    2. Write analyses of the two set texts (and excerpts) incorporating considerations from various key perspectives, e.g. theme, narration, structure, style;
    3. Understand and assess the contributions to the study of Fantasy literature made by critics and authors from the 19th and 20th Centuries;
    4. Assess the suitability of the journal intime & conte/nouvelle as vehicles for Fantasy.