Skip navigation to content

FR4123 Libertine Literature and Libertinage in Eighteenth-Century France

SCOTCAT credits:15
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:To be arranged.

This module aims to familiarise students with libertinage, an essential literary, social and intellectual feature of the French eighteenth century. Students will study the erotic and pornographic productions of the Ancien RĂ©gime whilst examining the true meaning of 'erotic' and 'pornographic'. Students will therefore be invited to connect early modern preoccupations for instance about censorship and sexual freedom with current debates on such issues, and to think critically about them. The module's interdisciplinary approach to libertinage complements the literary focus of each seminars with references to philosophy, socio-cultural and intellectual history, visual arts, music and film adaptations.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for all MA degrees involving French

UG Pre-requisite(s):FR2022 or FR2032

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1 lecture, 1 seminar and 1 surgery hour.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 18
  • Guided independent study: 132

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 0%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 100%
UG As used by St Andrews:Coursework = 100%
UG Re-assessment:Coursework = 100%


Module coordinator:Dr M Ganofsky
Module teaching staff:Dr M Ganofsky