-19th Century M.A. Reading List -
Department of Romance Languages & Literatures
Wayne State University

(Revised June 4, 2002)

I. General Works
Read a history of 19th-Century French literature [rec: P. Brunel, et.al., Histoire de la littérature française (Bordas, 1972): "Le XIXe Siècle," 383-562], AND in D. Hollier, ed., A New History of French Literature (New Haven: Yale UP, 1989): "1802" (609-613), "1820" (627-632), "1823" (632-639), "1827" (644-649), "1830" (649-656), "1833" (656-661), "1835" (666-671), "1843" (693-698), "1851" (710-716), "1857" (726-731), "1859" (737-743), "1871" (751-758), "1876," "1877" & "1880" (769-785), "1885" (798-801), "1898" (824-830)

II. Literary Works: Read these texts in good critical editions (e.g. Classiques Garnier) or in annotated study editions (e.g. Nouveaux Classiques Larousse, Folio)

** Chateaubriand, Atala OR René [specify your choice in advance of the examination]

Lamartine, Méditation: "L'Isolement," "Le Lac,"

Hugo, Contemplations: "A Villequier" & Hernani

Vigny, "Moïse," "La Mort du Loup"

Musset, "La Nuit de Mai"

Sand, Indiana

Stendhal, Le Rouge et le Noir

** Balzac, Eugénie Grandet OR Le Père Goriot [specify your choice in advance of the examination]

Flaubert, Madame Bovary

Maupassant, "Boule de suif," "La Petite Roque," "Le Horla" (1887)

** Zola, Nana OR Germinal [specify your choice in advance of the examination]

Baudelaire, Les Fleurs du Mal: "Au Lecteur," "Correspondances," "L'Invitation au Voyage," "Le Voyage"

Verlaine, Jadis et Naguère: "Art poétique"; Fêtes galantes: "Clair de lune"

Rimbaud, Poésies: "Chant de guerre parisien," "Voyelles," "Le Bateau ivre"; Illuminations: "Aube"

Mallarmé: "L'Azur," "Le Vierge, le Vivace..."


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