-WSU 19th Century Ph.D. Reading List
Department of Romance Languages & Literatures
Wayne State University
(Revised June, 2003)

All Ph.D. candidates are responsible for reading the texts listed on the nineteenth-century French M.A. reading list as well as the following titles (those marked Rec [recommended] are meant to supplement the required readings). You may substitute some texts and/or authors with the approval of a member of Faculty specializing in the 19th century. A final reading list must be approved prior to setting up exam dates.

I. General Texts:
Brunel, P., et.al. Histoire de la littérature française. Paris: Bordas, 1986. "Le XIXe siècle," pp. 383-562.

Hollier, D., ed. A New History of French Literature. New Haven: Yale UP, 1989. Pp. 566-830.

Rec: Moses, Claire Goldberg, and Leslie W. Rabine, Feminism, Socialism, and French Romanticism. Bloomington, IN: Indiana UP, 1993. [Chapters I, II, III]

II. Literary Works

A. Pre-Romanticism and Romanticism
Mme de Staël, "De la littérature du nord" (from De la littérature), "De la poésie classique et de la poésie romantique" (in De l'Allemagne); Mirza

Claire de Duras, Ourika

Rec: Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, Paul et Virginie

Chateaubriand, Atala, René

Lamartine, Les Méditations

Hugo, Les Contemplations; from La Lgende des Siècles: "Jean Chouan," "Plein ciel," Plein mer" Ruy Blas; Le Dernier jour d'un condamné; Rec: "Préface de -Cromwell-"; -Notre-Dame de Paris OR Quatre-vingt-treize [specify your choice in advance of the examination]

Rec: Dumas, Antony

Vigny, Les Destinées; Rec: Chatterton

Musset, Poésies nouvelles: "Les Nuits"; Confessions d'un enfant du siècle; Rec: Lorenzaccio;

Nerval, Les Chimères OR Les Filles du feu [specify your choice in advance of the examination]

B. Prose
Sand, Indiana, La Petite Fadette

Stendhal, Le Rouge et le Noir, La Chartreuse de Parme; Rec: Racine et Shakespeare

Balzac, Le Père Goriot, La Peau de chagrin, Eugénie Grandet; "La fille aux yeux d'or" (in Histoire des treize); Rec: La Cousine Bette

Flaubert, Madame Bovary, L'Éducation sentimentale, Trois contes

Barbey d'Aurevilly, Les Diaboliques

Maupassant, Une vie OR Bel-Ami; "Boule de suif," "La Petite Roque," "Le Horla" (1887), "La Maison Tellier," "Yvette," "L'Inutile beauté" [specify your choice in advance of the examination]

Zola, Au Bonheur des Dames, Nana OR Germinal, La Débâcle [specify your choice in advance of the examination]

Vallès, L'Enfant

Huysmans, A Rebours

Choice of one of the following: [specify your choice in advance of the examination]
Fromentin, Dominique
Goncourt, Germinie Lacerteux
Rachilde, Monsieur Vénus

C. Poetry
Gautier, "L'art" (in Émaux et camées)

Baudelaire, Les Fleurs du Mal (all); "L'Invitation au voyage," "Enivrez-vous!", "Le mauvais vitrier" (in Petits poèmes en prose)

Verlaine, "Claire de lune," "Colombine" (in Fêtes galantes); "Ariettes oubliées" (all) (in Romances sans Paroles); "Art poétique" (in Jadis et Naguère)

Rimbaud, "Ma Bohème," "Le Dormeur du val," "Voyelles," "Le Bateau ivre," "Larme," "Mémoire" (in Poésies/Derniers Vers); Une Saison en enfer (all); "Après le Déluge," "Départ," "Aube" (in Illuminations); Lettres à Georges Izambard (13 May 1871) et à Paul Demeny (15 May 1871)

Lautréamont, "Premier chant" (in Les Chants de Maldoror)

Mallarmé, "L'Azur," "Le Vierge, le Vivace...," "Brise marine," "Quand l'ombre menaça...," "Prose pour Des Esseintes," "Un coup de dés jamais n'abolira le hasard"

D. Theatre (choice of two of the following): [specify your choice in advance of the examination]

Dumas fils, La Dame aux camélias
Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac
Becque, Les Corbeaux
Maeterlinck, Pelléas et Mélisande
Jarry, Ubu roi

III. Critical Works (besides those listed under General Works)

A. The following works as indicated:
Bowman, Frank Paul. French Romanticism. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins UP, 1990. [Parts I & III]

Dumesnil, René. Le Réalisme et le Naturalisme. Paris: Del Duca, 1968. [Parts I, II, V; rec: parts IV & VI] OR Thorel-Cailleteau, Sylvie, Panorama de la littérature française. Réalisme et naturalisme. Paris: Hachette, 1998. [Chs 1, 2, 3; rec: all]

Porter, Lawrence. The Crisis of French Symbolism. Ithaca; Cornell UP, 1990. [Ch. 1, 2, 4 & Conclusion]

B. Choice of three works (as indicated) from the following group [specify your choice in advance of the examination]:

Beizer, Janet. Ventriloquized bodies : narratives of hysteria in nineteenth-century France. Ithaca, NY: Cornell UP, 1994. [Intro, chs. 1, 3, 6, 7]

Bernheimer, Charles. Figures of Ill Repute. Representing Prostitution in Nineteenth-Century France. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1989. [Ch. 3, 5, 7, 8]

Fisher, Dominique D., and Lawrence R. Schehr, eds. Articulations of Difference:Gender Studies and Writing in French. Stanford, CA: Stanford UP, 1997. [Choice of three essays]

Kadish, Doris Y. Politicizing Gender. Narrative Strategies in the Aftermath of the French Revolution. New Brunswick: Rutgers UP, 1991. [Ch. 3, 4, 5]

Levy, Gayle A. Refiguring the Muse. New York: Peter Lang, 1999. [Intro, Ch. 1, 2, 3]

Paliyenko, Adrianna. Mis-reading the Creative Impulse: The Poetic Subject in Rimbaud and Claudel, Restaged. Carbondale, IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 1997. [Intro, Ch. 1, 2, 3, 4]

Thiher, O. Allen. Fiction Rivals Science: The French Novel From Balzac to Proust. Columbia, MO: U of Missouri P, 2001. [Ch. 1, 2, 4]

 

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