- Analysis of exceptional works and of the aesthetic currents to which they belong leads, more generally, to exploring their connections with the country's political, linguistic, and institutional history, to identifying affinities with the literature of neighbouring countries, and, in the case of the most recent of them, to situate them within the framework of the French-speaking world.
At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :
The skills to be acquired are aesthetic, historical, and political in nature.
- recognizing the existence,
- knowing the complex history,
- understanding the worth and the particular characteristics,
- and analysing the main works of Belgium's French-speaking literature.
Contents: Complexity of an emerging literature. De Coster and the Legend of Ulenspiegel. Lemonnier and the naturalism. 1880's generation (Rodenbach, Maeterlinck, Elskamp, Eekhoud, Verhaeren). Effervescence of the inter-war period (new dramaturgies, surrealisms, Baillon, and so on) After World War II (exile figures, "Belgique sauvage"). Turning-point of the Seventies (return to the History, ways of intimacy).
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.The course consists of lectures and a list of required reading.
Group work leading to the writing of a synoptic note devoted to a French-speaking Belgian literary text.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the information in this section is particularly likely to change.A written examination will evaluate knowledge of history and of literary history, as well as an aesthetic analysis of works (75%)
Group work will be submit on Moodle for the first day of the session: all members of a group receive the same rating (25%)