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Module Reading List

Monuments, 2021/22, Semester 1, 2
Prof Rosalind Brown-Grant
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

FREN3012 Monuments reading list

Set texts

  • Cambridge Companions” series, which can be consulted online via the library catalogue, gives good introductions to some of the topics and authors covered:

Students should make full use of works indicated in footnotes or bibliographies in these introductory readings and elsewhere, and of the library catalogue.

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Erec et Enide


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 Le Roi se meurt

Plus further online research on the 2010 Paris production (according to availability), e.g:



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Margaret Cohen, "Women and fiction in the Nineteenth Century", in The Cambridge Companion to the French Novel, ed. by Tim Unwin (Cambridge: CUP, 1997), pp. 54-72.

Mary-Jane Cowles, "Paternal law and the Abject in Ourika", Nineteenth-Century French Studies, 49.1 (2020): 1-16.

Adeline Koh, "Marriage, "Métissage", and Women's Citizenship: Revisiting Race and Gender in Claire de Duras's Ourika", French Forum, 38.3 (2013): 15-30.

Robin Mitchell, "'Ourika Mania': interrogating race, class, space, and place in early Nineteenth-Century France", African and Black Diaspora, 10.1 (2017): 85-95.

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Madame Bovary

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Une si longue lettre 

- Dieng, Mamadou. “Les Femmes, La Communication et Le Pouvoir Traditionnel Dans L'œuvre de Mariama Bâ.” The French review 92.4 (2019): 40–53. 

 - Edson, Laurie (1993) "Mariama Bâ and the Politics of the Family,Studies in 20th Century Literature: Vol. 17: Iss. 1, Article 3.

- Hitchcott Nicki, Women writers in Francophone Africa  , Berg, 2000.

- Hitchcott Nicki, ‘Confidently Feminine? Sexual Role-Play in the Novels of Mariama Ba’, Chapter 10 in Hitchcott Nicki & Ibnlfassi Laïla, African francophone writing : a critical introduction , Berg, 1996.   Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

- Irlam, Shaun. 'Mariama Bâ's "Une Si Longue Lettre": The Vocation of Memory and the Space of Writing.' Research in African literatures. 29.2 (1998): 76-93.

- Larrier, Renée, 'Correspondance et création littéraire: Mariama Bâ's Une si longue lettre', The French Review. , Vol. 64, No. 5 (Apr., 1991), pp. 747-753

- McElaney-Johnson, Ann. 'Epistolary Friendship: La prise de parole in Mariama Bâ's Une si longue lettre.' Research in African literatures.  30.2 (1999): 110-121.

- Mortimer, Mildred, 'Enclosure/Disclosure in Mariama Bâ's Une si longue lettre', The French Review. Vol. 64, No. 1 (Oct., 1990), pp. 69-78

- Rueschman Eva, ‘Female Self-Definition and the African Community in Mariama Ba’s Epistolary Novel So Long a Letter’ , Chapter 1 in Anne E. Brown and Marjanne E. Goozé (eds.), International women's writing : new landscapes of identity , Greenwood Press, 1995.   Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

- Charles Ponnuthurai Sarvan, ‘Feminism and African Fiction: the Novels of Mariama Ba’, in Modern fiction studies.  , Vol.34, Number 3, Autumn 1988.

- Reyes Angelita, ‘The Epistolary Voice and Voices of Indigenous Feminism in Mariama Ba’s Une si longue lettre ’, in Carole Boyce Davies (ed.), Moving beyond the boundaries. Vol. 2, Black women's diasporas 
 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva 

- Edwin, Shirin. “Expressing Islamic Feminism in Mariama Bâ’s So Long a Letter.” Gender, place and culture : a journal of feminist geography 16.6 (2009): 723–740. Web.

 - Warner, Tobias. “How Mariama Bâ Became World Literature: Translation and the Legibility of Feminist Critique.” PMLA : Publications of the Modern Language Association of America 131.5 (2016): 1239–1255.

- Zulfiqar, Sadia. African Women Writers and the Politics of Gender. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publisher, 2016. 

This list was last updated on 25/04/2022