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Module Reading List

Readings in Modern French Society, 2019/20
Dr Nina Wardleworth
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Set texts (available for purchase at the bookshop)

Pierre Bourdieu Contre-feux : propos pour servir à la résistance contre l'invasion néo-libérale (Liber Raisons d’Agir, 1998)  

Frantz Fanon, Les Damnés de la terre (Découverte/Poche, 2002)  

Selection of political texts from WWII (to be supplied)

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Background reading

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Hauser, Gerard, A., Introduction to Rhetorical Theory (Harper & Row: 1986)

James, M., Blamires, C. & Pease-Watkins, C., Political tactics (Clarendon Press, 1999)

Root, Robert L., The rhetorics of popular culture : advertising, advocacy, and entertainment (Greenwood Press, 1987) 

Winterowd, W. Ross, Rhetoric : a synthesis (University of Southern California, 1968)

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Reading for weeks 1/2

Please read any ONE of the following chapters in week 1/2: - all available via the Online Course Readings 

i) Hawcroft, Michael Rhetoric : readings in French literature (Oxford University Press, 1999) See Introduction

ii) Hazareesingh Political traditions in modern France. See Chapter 2: ‘The Political roles of intellectuals’

iii) Hewlett Modern French politics : analysing conflict and consensus since 1945. See Chapter 8: ‘The waning of intellectual commitment’

iv) Root, Robert L. The rhetorics of popular culture : advertising, advocacy, and entertainment (Greenwood Press: 1987). See Chapter II ‘The Elements of Rhetoric’

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General French History and Politics

Cahm, Eric, Politics and society in contemporary France, 1789-1971 : a documentary history,

Furet, F., Penser la Révolution française (Gallimard, 1978)

Hazareesingh, Sudhir, Political traditions in modern France (Oxford University Press, 1994)

Hewlett, Nick, Modern French politics : analysing conflict and consensus since 1945 (Polity Press, 1998)

Larkin, M., France since the Popular Front, 1936-1986

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World War Two

Atkin, Nicolas, Pétain (Longman, 1997) Foot, M.R.D., Resistance : an analysis of European resistance to Nazism, 1940-1945

Gordon, B.M. ed., Historical dictionary of World War II France : the Occupation, Vichy, and the Resistance, 1938-1946

Gaulle, Charles de, Discours et messages (Plon, 1970)

Jackson, Julien, Charles de Gaulle (Haus, 2003)

Pétain, Philippe, Discours aux français : 17 juin 1940-20 août 1944(Albin Michel, 1991)

Rossignol, Dominique, Histoire de la propagande en France de 1940 à 1944 : l'utopie Pétain (PUF, 1991)

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Drake, David, Intellectuals and politics in post-war France (Palgrave, 2002)

Jenkins, Richard, Pierre Bourdieu (Routledge, 1992)

Shusterman, Richard, ed., Bourdieu : a critical reader (Blackwell Publishers, 1999)

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Macey, David, Frantz Fanon: A biography (Verso, 2012).

Nayar, Pramod K., Frantz Fanon ISBN: 9780415602976 (pbk.) : £12.99; 9780415602969 (hbk.) : £55.00; 0415602963 (hbk.) : £55.00; 0415602971 (pbk.) : £12.99; 9780203073186 (ebk) (Routledge, 2013) - ebook. Especially p.69-82: On violence 1: the destruction of the self

Nesbitt, Nick, 'Revolutionary inhumanism: Fanon’s De la violence, International Journal of Francophone Studies, Volume 15, Numbers 3-4, 1 February 2013, pp. 395-413

Macey, David, ‘I Am My Own Foundation’ Frantz Fanon as a Source of Continued Political Embarrassment', Theory, culture & society. ISSN: 0263-2764, Vol.27 (7-8), 2010, pp.33-51

Majumdar, Margaret A., 'The 'Wretched of the Earth' - then and now', International Journal of Francophone Studies, Volume 19, Number 1, 1 March 2016, pp. 95-103

This list was last updated on 27/09/2018