|Delivery length / details
|10 x 1 Hour Lectures
|10 x 1 Hour Seminars
|Assessment length / details
|Continuous assessment: 2 x 1,500-2,000-word essay
|2 Hours written examination (2 essay questions, equally weighted)
|Resubmit all failed or missed elements
|2 Hours Resit the exam if failed or missed
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Have a better grasp of French language and registers.
2. Develop and demonstrate analytical skills in French literary texts.
3. Develop a non stereotypical and spatial knowledge of Paris as a cultural capital.
4. Historically contextualise the representation of Paris as a cultural capital in relation to the construction of its myth.
5. Have an understanding of how this specific myth has been constructed in literary, political and aesthetic terms.
6. Relate and articulate the construction and the development of this myth to other literary myths.
7. Have a cultural awareness of its relevance to contemporary French issues and to Paris's image today.
The aim of this module is to prepare students both culturally and linguistically for their Year Abroad, by focusing on the development of the myth of Paris as an international capital of culture and arts. It also aims at increasing their analytical reading skills.
This module will provide them with the critical tools to understand the concept of myth and to elaborate on the construction and development of other literary myths.
You are expected to use and quote properly secondary literature. Both the quality of secondary literature and the referencing are elements of the evaluation of your essay
Your essays and your exam answers cannot overlap. If you have in depth discussed a question in your essay, you cannot discuss it again extensively in your exam. If you do, your marks will reflect this: depending on the amount of reused material, a 50% reduction will be applied. If half of your exam answer is re-used, your exam mark will be reduced by 25%, etc.
Plagiarism, unreferenced used of foreign materials and excessive quote are not tolerated. Any plagiarised material will be considered inexistent, and depending on the amount of plagiarised materials penalties will be introduced: every plagiarised paragraph will lead to 10% deduction of the mark. Over 33% of plagiarised content the issue will be handled at departmental level.
Honore de BALZAC, "Ferragus" in L'Histoire des treize (Hatier, 2003); Charles BAUDELAIRE, Le Spleen de Paris (Hachette, Le Livre de Poche, 2003); Andre BRETON, Nadja (Gallimard/Folio 1964); Raymond QUENEAU, Zazie dans le metro (Gallimard/Folio, 1980); Some references to relevant French films will be made (Jean Delannoy, Notre Dame de Paris, 1956; Jacques Rivette, Paris nous appartient, 1960)
|Application of Number
|Possibly, evaluation of statistical data in the secondary reading.
|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.
|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 acquaitance with literary/cultural studies as an academic subject.
|Selection of reading material; answering questions posed by written assessment; seminar work.
|Preparation of written assessment; preparation for seminars.
|Subject Specific Skills
|Acquisition of French linguistic skills.
|Debates and group presentations in seminars.
This module is at CQFW Level 5