2023-2024 / LROM0008-1

Texts, literature and society (17th-21st centuries) II


45h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in ancient and modern languages and literatures5 crédits 
 Bachelor in French and Romance languages and literatures : general5 crédits 


Justine Huppe

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The course is entitled 'Literary ventriloquists and enunciative piracy'.

A simplified conception of language and interpretation would have us believe that each utterance has only one source, which would be both:

- the physical producer of the utterance (the speaker or writer)

- the reference point of the deictic (the one to whom the 'I' refers, by virtue of whom the 'here' and 'now' are designated, etc.)

- the person responsible for evaluations and acts (the person who commits if the statement promises, criticises, insults, etc.).

In this course, we will be working specifically on texts that blur this alignment - from La Fontaine's fables to Sandra Lucbert's novel Personne ne sorti les fusils, via Montesquieu's Persian Letters, Flaubert's Bouvard and Pécuchet, a poetic novel by Hélène Bessette or a radio play by Nathalie Sarraute. You will learn to spot polyphonic interplay, irony, parody and so on.

This course is therefore designed as both a text explanation course and an introduction to the tools of pragmatic linguistics and theories of enunciation.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

  • Be able to produce a commentary on a text from the transhistorical corpus studied.
  • Be able to draw on a range of theoretical concepts and distinctions (identified in an index built up over the course of the sessions).

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

The course on authors at the first and second bachelor's level.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

This is a text explanation course with a very important participative dimension. Participation will be required and solicited (exchanges in large or small groups, etc.).

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:


Recommended or required readings

Compulsory reading:

- The portfolio of texts provided + 2 complete works, namely:

- Gustave Flaubert, Bouvard et Pécuchet, ed. Claudine Gothot-Mersch, Paris, Gallimard, Folio Classique, 1999.

-Sandra Lucbert, Personne ne sort les fusils, Paris, Points, 2021 [in paperback].

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam

Additional information:

Written examination consisting of:

1) presentation and analysis of an unseen extract (from one of the two complete works) in relation to the elements of analysis seen in class

2) answers to a few specific questions on extracts studied in class

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Full professor: Justine Huppe, lecturer in "Literature and society (17th-21st centuries)".

Office: Penultimate door on the left of the 4th floor corridor.

Contact: justine.huppe@uliege.be

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