Twentieth-Century French Literature

Module code: FR1014
Module co-ordinator: TBC

This module will introduce you to the work of two particularly significant twentieth-century writers, Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir. Through the close study of one play and one novel you will refine and develop your ability to analyse French literary texts. The module will examine in detail the key political and philosophical questions that emerge from these works of literature, including the development of a technocratic society, the role of women, the responsibility of the individual, and the importance of personal freedom.

The set texts include Jean-Paul Sartre, Les Mains sales, and Simone de Beauvoir, Les Belles images.


This module is taught in weekly one-hour seminars, totaling: 

  • 10 hours of seminars
  • 90 guided independent study


  • Essay, 1,500-2,000 words (75%)
  • Oral presentation (25%)