|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Lecture||10 x 1-hour lectures|
|Seminars / Tutorials||10 x 1-hour seminars|
|Workload Breakdown||Lecture and seminar attendance - 20 hours; lecture and seminar preparation (research and reading) - 135 hours; essay research and preparation - 45 hours.|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Exam||2-hour examination (2 essay questions, equally weighted).||60%|
|Semester Assessment||Continuous assessment: 2 x 1,500-2,000-word essays.||40%|
|Supplementary Exam||2 Hours written examination||100%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Read in depth and critically, with a particular sensitivity to textuality.
2. Contextualise critical debates on the issues of 19th and 20th c. literary representations of the beast, animal and human.
3. Grasp elaborate contemporary philosophical concepts through 19th and 20th c. literary readings and beyond the literary.
The aim of this module is to cross-examine today's philosophical perception of animality versus the representation of the beast in literature. The objectives of this module are to provide students with critical reading skills, and to prepare them to deconstruct the historical distinction between animal and humanity/humanism, as well as to articulate their understanding of the contemporary blurring of these categories.
Through the combined study of novels, poetry and films, the module will expand on the notion of the inner animal and the subversion/transgression of the concepts of beauty and the ugly in contemporary philosophy.
Texts and films to be studied are: Victor HUGO, Les Orientales (Gallimard/NRF Poesies, 1981); BAUDELAIRE, Les Fleurs du mal (Gallimard/NRF, 2003); LECONTE DE LISLE, Poemes barbares (Gallimard/NRF Poesies, 1985); LAUTREAMONT, Les Chants de Maldoror (Gallimard/NRF Poesies 1997);Comte de LAUTREAMONT, Les Chants de Maldoror (Gallimard/NRF Poesies 1997); ZOLA, La Bete humaine (Gallimard/Folio, 2001); Jean COCTEAU, La Belle et la bete (text and film - 1945 ; Marie DARRIEUSSECQ, Truisme (Gallimard/Folio, 1998); Eugene SAVITSKAYA, Sang de chien (Editions de Minuit, 1989). Some references to other relevant French films will be made (Jean Renoir La Bete humaine, 1938).
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||Possibly, evaluation of statistical data in the secondary reading.|
|Communication||Oral communication developed in seminars; written communication developed in assessments and exam.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Students will be able to assess their own progress week by week through their increased understanding of the issues raised and the skills developed.|
|Information Technology||Use of on-line journals and source collections; delivery of course materials and information via email and e-learning system.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||Acquisition of transferable skills; in-depth acquaintance with literary/cultural studies as an academic subject.|
|Problem solving||Selection of reading material; answering questions posed by written assessment; seminar work.|
|Research skills||Preparation of written assessment; preparation for seminars.|
|Subject Specific Skills||Acquisition of French linguistic skills.|
|Team work||Debates and group presentation in seminars.|
Reading ListShould Be Purchased
DARRIEUSSECQ, Marie (1998) Truisme Gallimard/Folio Primo search ZOLA, Emile (2001) La Bête humaine Gallimard/Folio Primo search Essential Reading
LAUTREAMONT (1997) Les Chants de Maldoror Gallimard/NRF Poésie Primo search Recommended Text
HUGO, Victor (1981) Les Orientales Gallimard/NRF Poésies Primo search LECONTE DE LISLE (1985) Poèmes barbares Gallimard/NRF Poésies Primo search SAVITZKAYA, Eugène (1989) Sang de chien Editions de Minuit Primo search
This module is at CQFW Level 6