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FREN4107 - Jean-Paul Sartre: Novels and other Writings

Value: 0.5 course units
Professor Andrew Leak
Teaching structure:
One 3-hour desk exam.

Module Description:

This module focuses on what is sometimes called the ‘early Sartre’: the period from the publication of Sartre’s first novel to the end of World War Two – the moment at which ‘existentialism’ took off as the dominant intellectual vogue of the post-war period. The module includes two novels, a book of short stories, two critical/theoretical essays, a play and a text written to ‘explain’ existentialism to the general public. Students following the module will, by the end of it, be thoroughly conversant with one of the most significant intellectual movements of the twentieth century, and with its manifestations in a range of literary genres and forms.

Preparatory Reading and Set Texts:

  • La nausée (Folio)
  • Le mur (Folio)
  • ‘Explication de L’étranger’ (to be provided)
  • ‘M. François Mauriac et la liberté’ (to be provided)
  • Les mouches (Folio)
  • L’existentialisme est un humanisme (Folio essais)
  • L’âge de raison (Folio)

A full secondary bibliography will be issued in due course.