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Undergraduate Course: Love and Melancholy in Early Modern France (ELCF10066)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaEuropean Languages and Cultures - French Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course will explore, through the study of literary, philosophical and medical texts, attitudes towards love and melancholy in the Renaissance period. Love in its various forms (between friends, lovers, love between man and God, self-love) is a pervasive theme of Renaissance literature and thought. In sixteenth century and beyond, love was seen as a cause and a species of melancholy, the name of an illness and of a temperament that fascinated contemporaries because of its association with genius and madness. We will examine in particular the impact that philosophical and medical theories of melancholy had on the treatment of love in the literature of the period. Through the close analysis of a selection of texts belonging to a variety of genres - the nouvelle, the novel, the sonnet, the essay form - the course will aim to introduce students to some of the most original authors of the early modern period in France.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: French 2 (ELCF08001)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Entry to Honours in French
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  Yes 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 1.5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 173 )
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
Intended learning outcomes specific to this course are:

- an understanding of the humanist rediscovery of ancient texts during the Renaissance, and the impact of this rediscovery on French literature of the mid to the late sixteenth century

- an understanding of how poets, philosophers and physicians, through a renewed reflection on the ancient notion of melancholy, sought a deeper understanding of two great human puzzles: love, and the genius of man.

- an appreciation of the circulation of themes and ideas in both prose and poetry of the period

- an ability to analyse recurring motives and themes in prose and poetry of the period, and to replace them within a particularly rich intertextual network

By the end of the course, students will be expected to show the ability:
- to demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of the subject;
- 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 and 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 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 2,000 word essay (40%) and one 90 minute exam (60%)
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KeywordsDELC Love & Mel
Course organiserDr Emmanuelle Lacore-Martin
Tel: (0131 6)51 1148
Course secretaryMrs Jacqueline Barnhart
Tel: (0131 6)50 4026
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