|| FR39020 |
|| THE BEAST, ANIMAL AND HUMAN |
|| 2007/2008 |
|| Dr Bruno M L Sibona |
|| Semester 2 |
|| Eligibility for entry to Level 3 French. |
| Course delivery
|| 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 Hours 1 x 2-hour examination (2 essay questions, equally weighted).||60%|
|Semester Assessment|| Continuous assessment: 2 x 1,500-2,000-word essays.
Only the better of the two marks will be taken for the continuous assessment element. This is to allow some assessment to be formative as well as (or instead of) summative.
If a student fails to submit one piece of the two required, and does not supply the tutor concerned with valid reasons/evidence in writing, the mark for the one piece of work submitted will be carried forward as a continuous assessment mark, but divided by two.
If no assessed work is submitted, the mark for the continuous assessment element (which will be fed into the overall module assessment) will be zero.||40%|
|Supplementary Exam|| 1 x 2-hour examination if continuous assessment submitted. 1 x 3-hour examination if no continuous assessment submitted.||100%|
Learning outcomesOn 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.
This module, divided into two sections and taught in French, will respectively revisit the 18th c. classical and 19th c. Romantic and naturalist conceptions of the animal with the help of contemporary critical theory based on key texts by Lacan, Derrida and Deleuze. With this methodological apparatus, students will explore how nineteenth-century and contemporary avant-garde literature resorts to the establishment and subsequent confusion of genders and species in its dynamic re-questioning of the classical concepts of the beast, animal and human.
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).
|| Selection of reading material; answering questions posed by written assessment; seminar work. |
|| Preparation of written assessment; preparation for seminars. |
|| 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. |
|| Debates and group presentation in seminars. |
|| Use of on-line journals and source collections; delivery of course materials and information via email and e-learning system. |
|Application of Number
|| Possibly, evaluation of statistical data in the secondary reading. |
|Personal Development and Career planning
|| Acquisition of transferable skills; in-depth acquaintance with literary/cultural studies as an academic subject. |
|Subject Specific Skills
|| Acquisition of French linguistic skills. |
** Should Be Purchased
DARRIEUSSECQ, Marie (1998) Truisme
ZOLA, Emile (2001) La Bête humaine
** Essential Reading
LAUTREAMONT (1997) Les Chants de Maldoror
Gallimard/NRF Poésie 2070400158
** Recommended Text
HUGO, Victor (1981) Les Orientales
Gallimard/NRF Poésies 2070322068
LECONTE DE LISLE (1985) Poèmes barbares
Gallimard/NRF Poésies 2070323269
SAVITZKAYA, Eugène (1989) Sang de chien
Editions de Minuit
This module is at CQFW Level 6