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Undergraduate Course: Marcel Proust and the Art of Being Modern (Ordinary) (ELCF09027)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaEuropean Languages and Cultures - French Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionMarcel Proust is generally acknowledged to be one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century, a pioneer of Modernity, a radical commentator of social mores and an indefatigable satirist of the hypocrisies of social life. This course will introduce students to the great themes of Proust's writing - time and memory, jealousy and desire, art and redemption, class and war - and explore the revolutionary new techniques of his writing. Reading is based on the first two volumes of his masterpiece A la recherche du temps perdu (1913-1927), plus extracts from the following volumes, especially the central volume Sodome et Gomorrhe, which focuses on the crucial Proustian theme of homosexuality, and Le Temps retrouvé, which closes the seven-volume cycle. Special attention will be given to the representation of childhood and adolescence, to the depiction of homosexuals and Jews and to Proust's satirical portrait of society life. The course will reveal a Proust who remains just as challenging and controversial in his portrayal of sex, gender, race and class today as he was at the beginning of the last century.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: French 2 (ELCF08001)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesIn 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?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 172 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)1:30
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Students should, by the end of the course, be able:
- to demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of the chosen specialism(s)
- to recognise and acknowledge the complexity of the subject
- to show a good understanding of and apply competently complex conceptual frameworks
- to construct coherent arguments which demonstrate an awareness of the problems posed by the texts/ issues which they are studying
- to demonstrate a high level of expression in both written and oral presentations
- to demonstrate the mastery of relevant technical terminology and research methods
- to carry out personal research under the guidance of the tutor and offer evidence of research initiative
- to offer alternative perspectives, identify and accommodate ambiguities and show an awareness of nuance
- to develop original ideas
- to demonstrate an awareness of the research agenda relating to the topic
Assessment Information
One 1500 word essay (40%) and one 90 minute exam (60%)
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Course organiserProf Marion Schmid
Tel: (0131 6)50 8409
Course secretaryMrs Jacqueline Barnhart
Tel: (0131 6)50 4026
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