Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Narrating and Visualising French Colonialism
Academic Year
Semester 1
Eligibility for entry to level 2 French
Exclusive (Any Acad Year)
Reading List

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay  1500 Words  50%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   Exam  50%
Supplementary Assessment Essay  1500 Words  50%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   Exam  50%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Show an understanding of the main concepts and issues associated with French colonial history.

Show an understanding of the arguments made against colonialism by the writers to lived during the colonial period.

Engage critically with French literary, filmic, and theoretical texts and demonstrate a capacity to conduct literary and filmic analysis (including commentary writing).

Discuss the importance of fiction in portraying history.

Explore, through analysis of a variety of literary, filmic, artistic and musical texts, issues of race, identity and hegemony in the French colonial Empire.

Compare and contrast genres and time periods, in examining works from two different eras.

Understand interactions with narratives of the colonial period itself when retelling its history.

Brief description

This module, taught in English, examines portrayals of and reactions to French colonialism in literature and film. You will learn about the the origins of modern socio-political and socio-cultural issues surrounding race and identity throughout the francophone world. Analysing fictional and cinematic works alongside postcolonial theory, you will discover the ways in which creative practice can simultaneously reveal and challenge imbalances in power.




The geographical focus of the module will vary based on staff expertise.
The following list provides examples of texts that have previously featured on the module:

Gillo Pontecorvo : La Bataille d’Alger (film – available on BoB)
Abdellatif Kechiche: Vénus noire

Albert Camus: L’Étranger
Kamel Daoud: Meursault, contre-enquête
Claire de Duras: Ourika

Évariste Parny: Chansons madécasses
Jean-Joseph Rabearivelo: Traduit de la nuit

Frantz Fanon: Les Damnés de la terre (extracts provided in class)
Edward Said : Orientalism (extracts provided in class)

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Communication Development of clear and accurate expression, assessed for writing.
Improving own Learning and Performance The quality of independent thinking will be assessed in the essay assignment.
Information Technology Students have to find on-line and printed secondary literature.
Personal Development and Career planning Ability to work independently, identifying research questions. Awareness of the changing nature of various forms of expressive media. Capacity to structure in coherent form, and present in clear style. Students will communicate ideas effectively and fluently, both orally and in writing. They will use information technology for the researching and presentation of information. They will work independently, demonstrating their self-organisation and initiative, but will also collaborate with others in the process of debate and discussion.
Problem solving Students have to find relevant secondary literature for the essay assignment.
Research skills Students have to do independent research in preparation for their essay.
Subject Specific Skills Students learn to follow specific techniques of literary, artistic and filmic analysis, and apply these to texts studied.
Team work Students will collaborate with others in the process of debate and discussion


This module is at CQFW Level 5