Module Identifier FR20910  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Andrew J Hussey  
Semester Semester 1  
Pre-Requisite (Normally) Eligibility for entry to Level 2 French  
Course delivery Lecture   15 lectures / seminars / tutorials  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours  70%
Semester Assessment Continuous Assessment: Essay of 1500-2000 words or seminar presentation30%

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students will have gained knowledge of France under occupation (1940-1944) and the immediate aftermath of the war from the points of view of a member of the Resistance (Vaillaud) and an arch-collaborator (Celine). They will also have gained an insight into the problems created by the Algerian War (1954-1962) and its consequeces.

Brief description

The aim of this course is to study the reactions of some major French writers of the twentieth century to the European and colonial conflicts which brought France to the point of war. The texts will be studied as works of literature or dramatic productions in their own right as well as for their value in providing their authors' experience of war and their proposed solutions to conflict. The module will comprise lectures and seminars on four texts.

Reading Lists

** Should Be Purchased
Louis-Ferdinand Celine (1957) D'Un Chateau l'autre
Mehdi Charef (1989) Le Harki de Meriem Folio
Roger Vailland (1945) Drole de jeu


This module is at CQFW Level 5