Reading List for PhD

 

The following is a list of texts on which doctoral candidates in CSLC-Track III (French) will be examined in the context of their Qualifying Exam.

This list is divided into two parts. From each of the three theme year lists in "Part One: Reading Lists for Theme Years," students should choose six texts, for a total of eighteen texts (or clusters of texts). These works should provide a strong basis upon which to answer questions on the Qualifying Exam relating to the three overarching themes of the department's graduate curriculum: "Rhétorique des arts,""Révolutions," and "Raison et déraison".

"Part Two: Fundamentals," contains texts that the department's faculty has deemed essential to doctoral-level training in the French literary tradition. With the approval of the Director of Graduate Studies, students may substitute equivalent titles for up to 10% of the titles on the "Fundamentals" list. It goes without saying that many of the texts on this list bear analysis in relation to one or more of the curriculum's three principal themes, as reflected in the lists of Part One. In preparing their exams, therefore, students are encouraged actively to explore possible bridges between the "Theme Years" and "Fundamentals" lists.

In both the designation of texts and the negotiation of substitutions, students should work with the Director of Graduate Studies to assure that a final reading list is approved at least thirty days prior to the date of their Qualifying Exam.

Part One: Reading Lists for Theme Years

(* indicates key texts that will normally be taught in the Fall Core course)

Choose six texts (or clusters of texts) from each of the following three lists:

Rhétoriques des arts

Barthes, Roland. Le degré zéro de l'écriture OR S/Z.
Baudelaire, Charles. "Salon de 1845" AND "Le Peintre de la vie moderne."*
Bazin, André. Qu'est-ce que le cinéma? (selections).
Benjamin, Walter. "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction."
_____. Charles Baudelaire: A Lyric Poet in the Era of High Capitalism (selections).
Clark, T.J. The Painting of Modern Life.
Derrida, Jacques. "La double séance."
Diderot, Salons (selections).
Genette, Gerard. Figures (selections).
Huet, Pierre-Daniel. Lettre-traité sur l'origine des romans.
Montaigne, Michel de. Essais (selections below).
Paulhan, Jean. Les Fleurs de Tarbe.*
Sade."Idée sur les romans."
Wittig, Monique. Les Guérillères.

Révolutions

Althusser, Louis. "Idéologies et appareils idéologiques d'état."
de Beauvoir, Simone. Le Deuxième sexe.
Fanon, Frantz. Peau noire, masques blancs.
Furet, François. Penser la R évolution Française (selections).
James, C.L.R. The Black Jacobins.
Lefebvre, Henri. La production de l'espace (selections).
Marx, Karl. "The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte."*
________. "The Civil War in France."
Montesquieu. L'Esprit des lois.
Morin, Edgar et al. Mai 68: La Brêche.
Rancière, Jacques. Nuit des proletaires.
Staël, Germaine de. Considérations sur la Révolution Française AND The French Revolution and The Creation of Modern Political Culture (selections).
Tocqueville, Alexis de. De la démocratie AND L'Ancien Régime et la Révolution (selections).

Raison et déraison

Cixous, Hélène. La Jeune née.
d'Alembert, Jean Le Rond. "Discours préliminaire" to the Encyclopédie.
Deleuze, Gilles and Félix Guattari. Mille plateaux (selections).
Derrida, Jacques. "Cogito et histoire de la folie." In L'Ecriture et la différence.
Descartes, René. Discours de la méthode.*
Diderot, Denis. Le rêve de d'Alembert.
Foucault, Michel. Histoire de la folie AND Surveiller et punir (selections).*
Freud, Sigmund. Selected case study (Dora, Schreber, Wolfman, et al.)
Fried, Michael. Absorption and Theatricality : Painting and Beholder in the Age of Diderot.
Irigaray, Luce. Speculum de l'autre femme (selections).
Lacan, Jacques. Ecrits OR The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psycho-Analysis (selections).
Lévi-Strauss, Claude. Tristes tropiques.
Pascal. Pensées.
Sass, Louis. Madness and Modernism.

Part Two: Fundamentals

Students are responsible for all the texts on the following lists, although substitutions are possible as outlined above.

Middle Ages

Anon. Chanson de Roland (selections).
_____. Tristan et Iseut.
Chrétien de Troyes. Lancelot, ou le chevalier de la charette OR Yvain.
de France. Lais.
de Lorris/de Meun. Le roman de la rose (selections).
de Pizan. La cité des dames.
Villon. Selected poems.

Renaissance

Du Bellay. Défense et illustration de la langue française.
Labé. Sonnets.
Montaigne. Essais ("Avis au lecteur"; 1er livre: 8, 12,20-21, 26-28, 30-31; 2ème livre: 1, 12, 17, 37; 3ème livre: 2, 3, 5, 6, 12, 13 ).
de Navarre. Heptaméron (selections).
Rabelais. Pantagruel
_____. Gargantua.
Ronsard. Selected poems.

Seventeenth Century

Boileau. L'Art poétique.
Corneille. Le Cid OR Horace.
Descartes. Discours de la méthode.
Guilleragues. Lettres portugaises.
La Bruyère. Les caractères OR La Rochefoucauld. Maximes.
La Fontaine. Fables.
Lafayette. La Princesse de Cléves.
Moliére. Le Misanthrope.
_____. Tartuffe OR Les Femmes savantes.
Pascal. Pensées.
Racine. Phèdre OR Athalie.
Scarron. Le roman comique.

Eighteenth Century

Beaumarchais. Le Mariage de Figaro.
Bernardin de Saint-Pierre. Paul et Virginie.
Crébillon fils. Les Egarements du coeur et de l'esprit.
Diderot. Le Neveu de Rameau.
_____. Jacques le fataliste et son maître OR La Religieuse.
Graffigny. Lettres d'une Péruvienne OR Riccoboni. Lettres de milady Juliette Catesby.
Laclos. Les Liaisons dangereuses.
Marivaux. La vie de Marianne OR Le paysan parvenu (selections).
Montesquieu. Les Lettres persanes.
Prévost. Manon Lescaut.
Rousseau. Les Confessions (1ère partie [6 livres]).
_____. Discours sur l'origine de l'inégalité.
Sade. La philosophie dans le boudoir (selections).
Voltaire. Candide OR Lettres philosophiques (lettres 1-5, 10, 25).

Nineteenth Century

Choose the selected poems of two of the following:

  • Desbordes-Valmore. [include "Les Roses de Saadi," "Qu'en avez-vous fait?"]

  • Lamartine. [include "Le lac," "L'isolement," "Le vallon"]

  • Musset. [include "Les Nuits"]

  • Vigny. [include "Moïse," "La Maison du berger"]

Baudelaire. Les Fleurs du mal.
_____. Petits poèmes en prose (selections).
Hugo. "Booz endormi," "Ce siècle avait deux ans," "Les Djinns," "Oceano nox," "Le Sacre de la femme," "Tristesse d'Olympio".
Mallarmé. "L'Après-midi d'un faune," "Brise marine," "Le Nénuphar blanc," "Ses purs ongles... ," "Le Tombeau d'Edgar Poe," "Le vierge, le vivace et le bel aujourd'hui...".
Rimbaud. "Alchimie du verbe," "Le Bateau ivre," "Les Chercheuses de poux," "Les Premières Communions," "Les Voyelles."
Verlaine. "Art poètique," "Chanson d'automne," "Clair de lune," "Colloque sentimentale," "Crimen amoris," "Dialogue mystique," "Le ciel est par-dessus le toit...," "Mon rêve familier."

Balzac. Le Père Goriot OR Illusions perdues.
Flaubert. Madame Bovary, L'Education sentimentale OR Bouvard et Pécuchet.
Huysmans. A Rebours OR Rachilde. La Marquise de Sade.
Maupassant. Selected stories [include "Boule de suif"].
Sand. Indiana.
Stendhal. Le Rouge et le noir OR La Chartreuse de Parme.
Zola. Germinal, Nana OR Au Bonheur des Dames.
Hugo. Hernani.

Twentieth Century

Choose the selected poems of three of the following:

  • Apollinaire
  • Char
  • Eluard
  • Saint-John Perse
  • Prévert
  • Ponge
  • Valéry

Beckett. L'innommable OR Malone meurt.
Breton. Nadja OR Manifestes du surréalisme
Camus. L'Etranger OR La Peste.
Duras. Le Ravissement de Lol V. Stein.
Gide. Les Faux-monnayeurs.
Perec. Les Choses OR La vie, mode d'emploi.
Proust. Du côté de chez Swann.
Robbe-Grillet. La Jalousie.
Sarraute. Tropismes OR Le Planétarium.
Sartre. La Nausée.
Simon. La route des Flandres.

Artaud. Le théâtre et son double.
Beckett. En Attendant Godot OR Fin de partie.
Genet. Le Balcon OR Les Bonnes.
Ionesco. La Cantatrice chauve.
Jarry. Ubu Roi.

Francophone 

Beti. Le pauvre Christ de Bomba OR Les deux mères de Guillaume Ismael Dzewatama.
Césaire, Aimé. Cahier d'un retour au pays natal .
Chamoiseau. Texaco.
Condé. Traversée de la Mangrove OR Moi Tituba sorcière.
Djebar. L'amour, la fantasia OR Vaste est la prison.
Khatibi. Amour bilingue.
Fanon. Peau noire, masques blancs OR Les damnés de la terre.
Lê. Calomnies OR Les trois Parques.
Maximin. L'isolé soleil.
Sembene. Xala OR Le docker noir.

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