2023-2024 / LROM0011-1

Paraliterary genres (French field)


30h Th

Number of credits

 Bachelor in ancient and modern languages and literatures5 crédits 
 Bachelor in ancient languages and literatures : classics5 crédits 
 Bachelor in information and communication5 crédits 
 Bachelor in modern languages and literatures : German, Dutch and English5 crédits 
 Bachelor in history of art and archaeology : general5 crédits 
 Bachelor in history5 crédits 
 Bachelor in modern languages and literatures : general5 crédits 
 Bachelor in history of art and archaeology : musicology5 crédits 
 Bachelor in ancient languages and literatures : Oriental studies (Registrations are closed)5 crédits 
 Bachelor in philosophy5 crédits 
 Bachelor in French and Romance languages and literatures : general5 crédits 
 Master in communication (120 ECTS)5 crédits 


Björn-Olav Dozo

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

  • Critical and historical approach to para-literary genres, from popular novels to SF books or crime novels.
  • Construction of a problematic regarding artistic vs. popular literature as a fundamental distinction operating in the francophone cultural universe.
  • Introduction to different literary genres.
  • Study of the relationships between popular literature and media cultures in the broad sense, with an introduction to the disciplines that take these cultures as their main object (fan studies, cultural studies).
  • Focalization on three sub-genres of science-fiction (Space Opera, Cyberpunk and his derivatives, Ecofictions)

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

  • To understand and explicate in a historical and sociological manner the emergence of para-literature in the 19th, 20th and 21th centuries.
  • Enable students to formulate problems within these genres and their relationship with the general literature.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills


Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Lectures, using interactions with students and reading reviews.

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

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

Face-to-face. Student participation required.

Recommended or required readings

A list of recommended readings and a bibliography will be provided as the session progresses.

Written work / report

Other : A reading sheet is requested from each student at the end of November.

Additional information:

Written work / report

Additional information:

Work to prepare for the month of January and to desposit on eCampus.

In addition, each student is asked to complete a reading assignment by the end of November, based on a work chosen from a corpus provided during the first sessions of the course. This work is part of the final evaluation.


Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

The first class takes place on Friday, September 23 at 1:00 pm. The schedule is available on Celcat.


Björn-Olav DOZO bo.dozo@uliege.be

Association of one or more MOOCs

The MOOC entitled 'Il était une fois la littérature jeunesse (P1)' is associated with this course.
The MOOC entitled 'Introduction à la culture vidéoludique (P2)' is associated with this course.