Module Identifier FR10910  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Andrew J Hussey  
Semester Semester 1  
Course delivery Lecture   10 Hours (3 on each writer & an introductory lecture on the subject)  
  Seminars / Tutorials   3 + 2 (1 seminar on each writer and 2 discussion groups)  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours  70%
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment: based on an essay of 1500 - 2000 words  30%
Supplementary Assessment One 2 hour exam unless no c/a submitted,inwhich case one 3 hour exam   

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
In the coursework and examination students will have the opportunity to relate French ideas to a wider cultural context.

Brief description

French writing this century is often characterised as a `literature of ideas' and French novelists studied as thinkers whose work has political and philosophical importance. The first aim of this module is to introduce students to key themes in French writing which have reflected and influenced the society from which they have emerged. Particular topics which are covered in these texts are social justice, women in society, media culture.

The second aim of the module is however to study the texts as literary objects and to develop students' skills as readers and critics. There is therefore emphasis on close reading of the texts which will enable students to situate the texts in a literary and historical context.   

Reading Lists

** Supplementary Text
David Bellos (1990) 'Introduction to Things: A Novel of the 1960s', Things. Trans D. Bellos Harper Collins
Maurice Nadeau (1963) Le Roman francais depuis la guerre, coll. idees Gallimard
Philip Thody (1964) Camus 1913-1960
Robert Gildea (1997) France Since 1945 Oxford University Press
Jean-Paul Sartre (1947) 'Explication de l'Etranger', Situations I (pp. 99-121) Gallimard
W. J. Stachan (1986) 'Introduction to Marguerite Duras and Moderato Cantabile', Moderato Cantabile Methuen
** Essential Reading
Albert Camus (1942) L' Etranger
Marguerite Duras (1958) Moderato Cantabile
Georges Perec (1965) Les Choses


This module is at CQFW Level 4