FREN4214 - Reading Tintin

Value: 0.5 course units
Marie Fournier
Teaching structure:
one 3000-word essay (50%) and one two-hour desk examination (50%).

Module Description:

The module introduces students – with no necessary prior knowledge of the genre – to the study of the bande dessinée form, through the close study of six works in the Tintin collection of Belgian author Hergé (Georges Prosper Rémi). Readings of Hergé’s texts will be undertaken from a variety of critical perspectives: historical, post/colonial, narratological. Students will become familiar not only with the primary texts but also with relevant secondary materials dealing with the graphic quality of the texts and the modes of articulation of text and image.

Preparatory Reading and Set Texts:

  • Tintin au Congo, 1946
  • Le Lotus Bleu, 1946
  • Le Crabe aux pinces d’or, 1943
  • Le Trésor de Rackham Le Rouge, 1944
  • Le Temple du soleil, 1949
  • Tintin au Tibet, 1960
  • Les Bijoux de la Castafiore, 1963.