Undergraduate Course: Autobiographie Littéraire Contemporaine (Ordinary) (ELCF09006)
|School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
|College of Humanities and Social Science
|Available to all students
|Credit level (Normal year taken)
|SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
|Home subject area
|European Languages and Cultures - French
|Other subject area
|Taught in Gaelic?
|In recent decades, self-writing has enjoyed great popularity in France. Yet modern French authors find the writing of the self to be an enterprise always on the threshold of failure: 'Qui-est "je"?'/'Je est un autre' (Rimbaud). This option examines the theory and practice of modern and contemporary autobiography in French. Explorations of personal identity by some of France's foremost writers will constitute the starting point for considering the problems inherent in trying to seize the self in writing. Insights from key French philosophical and literary movements (e.g. psychoanalysis, existentialism, the new novel), as well as from modern French thought, will inform our study. The importance of memory and the past to the establishment of a sense of identity will be analysed, as well as to difficulties in negotiating identity which may result from the subject's ethnicity, gender or sexuality. Amongst other potential themes to be covered are: estrangement and belonging, testimony and confession, truth and fiction. The option is seminar-led, with regular student presentations.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
| Students MUST have passed:
French 2 (ELCF08001)
| Ordinary Students and Visiting Students only
Information for Visiting Students
|In order to be eligible to take 4th Year Options, Visiting Students should have the equivalent of at least two years of study at University level of the appropriate language(s) and culture(s).
|Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
|By the end of this course students will be expected to show the ability:
- to demonstrate sound knowledge and understanding of the chosen specialism(s)
- to recognise and acknowledge the complexity of the subject
- to show an understanding of and apply competently relevant concepts and theories
- to construct coherent arguments which demonstrate an awareness of the problems posed by the texts/ issues studied
- to demonstrate a high level of expression in both written and oral presentations
- to offer alternative perspectives and show an awareness of contrasting viewpoints
|ONE 1500 WORD ESSAY (40%) AND ONE 90 MINUTE EXAM (60%)
|Dr Claire Boyle
Tel: (0131 6)50 4024
|Mrs Jacqueline Barnhart
Tel: (0131 6)50 4026