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Selected Plays of Jean-Paul Sartre
Course code: FREN4109.
Course unit value: 0.5.
This option will cover all of the major plays by the writer widely considered to be the
‘last great French intellectual’. The plays will be approached from a variety of angles:
each of the plays has a specific political context – from the Occupation through to the Algerian war, and they mark Sartre’s positions in relation to the great political and social issues of post-war France. Students following this option will be expected to have familiarised themselves with this historical background. In addition, the plays
bear witness to the insistence of more personal themes in Sartre’s work, as well as
dramatising shifting sets of philosophical preoccupations. No philosophical
background is required. Sartre’s plays are possibly the best way of gaining access
into the enormously varied oeuvre of this important writer.
Assessment: one unseen three-hour written examination (100%).
Tutor: Professor Andrew Leak.
Preparatory reading and set texts:
- Les Mouches (1943).
- Huis clos (1944).
- La Putain respectueuse (1946).
- Les Mains sales (1948).
- Le Diable et le bon Dieu (1951).
- Les Séquestrés d’Altona (1959).
(All works published in Gallimard ‘Folio’).
Secondary reading will be indicated in due course.