A study of late nineteenth-century literary culture in France contextualized in terms of the major literary, intellectual, artistic and socio-political developments of the era. This course draws on material covered in C21-1 and C21-4 and develops skills in literary studies, focusing particularly on historically contextualised readings of a range of key fin de siècle texts.

  • Introductory reading list: Paul Bourget, Le Disciple (Classiques de Poche, 2010); Villiers de l’Isle Adam, L’Ève future (Gallimard, 1993); J.-K. Huysmans, A Rebours (Gallimard, 1977); Octave Mirbeau, Le Jardin des supplices (Gallimard, 1988).