Module-specific reading suggestions are normally sent in early summer.
Meanwhile, we can recommend the following preparatory reading:
If you are going to be studying French as part of your course, any reading in French will be useful, as it will help you be more at ease with the language. Engage with French media and press, such as Le Monde, Libération, Le Figaro just to name a few, and read the sections of the press that interests you. Getting to grips with news and current affairs is always a good preparation.
You can also watch French TV news channel like France 24 to prepare your ear. You can also check RFI’s website where you either expand your knowledge of French culture and/or learn French at the same time by selecting a topic (may it be Culture, History, Environment or more), an objective and/or a content type.
You can also improve your French vocabulary by switching your Language preferences to French on your devices!
Project Gutenberg gives you access to thousands of works of fiction in French. Here are just a few suggestions from different time periods:
- Madame de Lafayette, La Princesse de Montpensier (17th century)
- Guy de Maupassant, Apparition et autres contes de l’étrange (19th century)
- Romain Gary, Les trésors de la mer rouge (mid-twentieth century)
- Pierre Péju, L’idiot de Shanghai et autres nouvelles (contemporary)
Authors whose works will be studied in our modules include Voltaire, Maupassant, Marguerite Duras, Jen Genet, Annie Ernaux, Mehdi Charef to name a few.
Useful links :
The E-INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS website, edited by Stephen McGlinchey, is a great resource. It includes a collection of free online articles which introduce key concepts and core themes studied in the International Politics programmes.
To name a few of the Postcolonial theorists from the Francophone world that will be explored during the programme, and more specifically to understand the dynamics of colonialism and anti-colonialism political struggle, there is Orientalism by Edward Said and The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon. Other examples of authors you can explore include Aimé Césaire, Achille Mbembe and Andreas Malm. Many readings are available in English and/ French.