Littérature et civilisation

Diplômes intégrant cet élément pédagogique :


Ce cours se compose de quatre modules

Cours de M. Mianowski :The course examines the functions and representations of the body in the context of postcolonial studies through the specific lens of the Magdalen Laundries scandal and the history of the mother and baby homes in Ireland. More particularly the course will examine the context in which the scandal emerged in the middle of the 1990s in Ireland. Students will be asked to read closely Dermot Bolger’s novel A Second Life : a Renewed Novel (2010) and question the links between the young Irish nation in the early years of the 20th century and the bodies of the mothers and babies hidden away and rendered invisible.  The aim of the course is utlimately to study the ways in which those secrets are revealed in Irish literature and the arts today.

Emotion and Affect in American Literature  (9 h N. Manning):This course will explore questions of feeling and emotion in American literature—such as emotional truth, excess, apathy, and affective norms—from the nineteenth century until today, especially in light of recent developments in affect theory.

The American War in Vietnam: The Changing History (9 h M. Foley) : 

In this short course, we will do our best to immerse ourselves in the history of the American

war in Vietnam.  Often called “America’s longest war,” the war was the second war of national liberation for a generation of Vietnamese, and just one more inamanycenturies’ long history of

conflicts with outside powers.  Between 1954 and 1975, the war took the lives of more than 3 million Vietnamese and more than 58,000 Americans.  It devastated and poisoned much of the Vietnamese landscape, drove millions of refugees from rural areas into urban centers, and ultimately resulted in unification of Vietnam under a triumphant communist government.  It also seriously damaged the United States’ image around the world.  On the American home front,

the war divided the American public as few events have since the Civil War, transformed American politics, and it is safe to say, left a lasting scar on the national psyche; in discourse over American foreign policy, for example, the “Vietnam Syndrome” still looms large.


At the same time, the memory and legacy of the Vietnam War remain fiercely contested.  But this is nothing new: the history of the American war in Vietnam has always been fiercely contested –by scholars, pundits, and the public.  Fiftieth anniversary commemorations have

only brought such lingering divisions over the history and memory of the war into sharper

relief. The point of this course is to analyze both scholarly and popular interpretations of the

war over recent decades, and unpack some of the most hotly-debated aspects of the war.


La tentation primitiviste (9 h S. Berthier-Foglar) :This course aims to discuss primitivist movements in the United States from Thoreau’s Walden Pond to Mabel Dodge Luhan’s intellectual salon in Taos, New Mexico, as well as its contemporary offshoots. It will analyze a wide array of discourses: urbanism/architecture, the gender/primitivist nexus, New Age religions and Native American world views.

Pré-requis recommandés

Cours  de M. Mianowski :

Avoir validé son Master 1. Des connaissances sur l’histoire irlandaise permettront d’entrer plus rapidement dans le vif du sujet.

Cours de S. Berthier-Foglar :

Required reading before class begins

Luhan, Mabel Dodge Edge of Taos Desert: An Escape to Reality. New York: Harcourt, Brace, and Company, 1937, or later editions.

Lawrence, D.H.  Mornings in Mexico. 1927. Freee etext on Project Gutenberg, Australia,

Lawrence, D.H. The Plumed Serpent, free etext on Project Gutenberg, Australia,

Wallace, Susan E. The Land of the Pueblos.  New York: John B. Alden, 1888. Full text on



Compétences visées

Cours de M. Mianowski

This class raises the issue of the link between national body and female body in the building of the Irish nation. The aim of the class is to show how fiction can bring to light hitherto hidden secrets in all their subtlety.

 Cours de S. Berthier-Foglar

Albanese, Catherine L.  Nature Religion in America From the Algonkian Indians to the New Age. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1990.

Allen, Paula Gunn. The Sacred Hoop. Recovering the Feminine in American Indian Traditions. Boston: Beacon Press, 1986.

Austin, Mary. The Land of Journey's Ending, 1924.

Brand, Stewart. The Whole Earth Catalog. 1968. Online pdfs available.

Cather, Willa Death Comes For the Archbishop. Vintage Classics. New York: Random House, 1927. Free etext on Project Gutenberg Australia

Garrard, Lewis H. Wah-To-Yah and the Taos Trail. Or Prairie Travel and Scalp Dances, With a Look at Los Rancheros From Muleback and The Rocky Mountain Campfire. 1850. Free etext

Indian Detours, brochures by the Fred Harvey Company, University of Arizona, online resources

Jacobs, Margaret D. Engendered Encounters. Feminism and Pueblo Cultures, 1879-1934. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1999.

Kipling, Rudyard. “The White Man’s Burden: The United States & The Philippine Islands, 1899.” Rudyard Kipling’s Verse: Definitive Edition (Garden City, New York: Doubleday, 1929).

Krakauer, Jon. Into the Wild. 1996.

Krech, Shepard. The Ecological Indian. Myth and History. New York: Norton, 1999.

Lummis, Charles Fletcher, A Tramp across the Continent, 1892. Full text on

Lummis, Charles Fletcher. The Land of  Poco Tiempo,  New York: C. Scribner's Sons. 1893. Full text on

Thoreau, Henry David. Walden, or Life in the Woods. 1854. Free etext available.

Torgovnick, Marianna. Gone Primitive. Savage Intellects, Modern Lives. Chicago: University of Chicago Pres, 1990 (and later editions).

 Cours de M. Foley :


A 3,000 word historiographical essay 70%

Class participation, including 1 page response papers 30%

Informations complémentaires

Lieu(x) : Grenoble
Langue(s) : Anglais