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Undergraduate Course: Ecriture Feminine (Ordinary) (ELCF09002)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will examine through the study of a wide range of innovative and thought-provoking fictional texts, 20th century feminist and feminine writing from literary, philosophical, political and psychoanalytic perspectives,investigating feminist responses to the
socio-political position of women in France and francophone countries, and exploring the practice of Ecriture feminine. Key theoretical texts
will be studied in conjunction with set texts to familiarise students with the principal tenets of French feminism, and women's writing in relation to the nouveau roman and postcolonial writing will also be discussed.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: French 2 (ELCF08001)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Ordinary Students and Visiting Students only
Additional Costs Purchase of Primary Texts
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).
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  1
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% Coursework:
1 x 1500 word essay (90%)
1 x in-class presentation (10%)
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No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. To demonstrate an advanced knowledge of a range of texts in their socio-historical and cultural contexts as well as a good understanding of the theoretical and conceptual frameworks needed to analyse them
  2. To select and apply relevant theoretical and methodological approaches in their critical evaluation of feminist thought and texts, and to demonstrate mastery of relevant technical terminology and research methods
  3. To assess and synthesise primary and secondary sources and to engage critically with these sources, showing awareness of nuance and accommodating ambiguities
  4. To construct coherent arguments which engage effectively with the sources and the relevant contexts and to present them with a high level of clarity in both oral and written form
  5. To demonstrate autonomy and initiative in their activities, carry out independent research under the guidance of the tutor, and to show awareness of their own and others' roles and responsibilities as part of a team
Reading List
Atack, Margaret (ed.), Powrie, Phil (ed.), Contemporary French Fiction by Women: Feminist Perspectives (Manchester, PUP), 1990

de Beauvoir, S., Le deuxième sexe, vols. I, II (Folio)

Bosshard, Marianne, Chantal Chawaf (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1999) - contains useful bibliography

Cairns, L, Marie Cardinal: Motherhood and Creativity (Glasgow: Uni of Glasgow French and German Publications, 1992)

Cixous, H., La Jeune née (Paris: Union générale d'éditions, 1975)

Cosslet, T., Women Writing Childbirth: Modern Discourses of Motherhood (Manchester: MUP, 1994)

Fallaize, Elizabeth, The Novels of Simone de Beauvoir (London and New York: Routledge, 1988)
Simone de Beauvoir: A Critical Reader (London: Routledge, 1998)
French Women's Writing: Recent Fiction (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1993)

Hall, C., Marie Cardinal (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1994)

Hewitt, L., Autobiographical Tightropes, (Lincoln & London: University of Nebraska Press, 1990), chapter 2, pp.53-91 and chapter 3, pp.93-126.

Hill, H., Marguerite Duras. Apocalyptic Desires (London and New York: Routledge, 1993), chapter 3, "Scenes of desire" pp.64-84.

Holmes, D., French Women's Writing, 1848-1994 (London: Athlone, 1996)

Jordan, Shirley Anne, Contemporary French Women's Writing (Bern: Peter Lang, 2004).

Keefe, Terry, Simone de Beauvoir: A Study of Her Writings (London: Harrap, 1983)
Simone de Beauvoir: Les Belles images, La Femme rompue (Glasgow: University of Glasgow French and German Publications, 1991)

King, A., French Women Novelists: Defining a Female Style (Houndmills: The Macmillan Press LTD, 1989) - intro, chapter 5, pp.85-107 and chapter 7, pp.134-163.

Féminité, subversion, écriture, eds. Suzanne Lamy et Irène Pagès (Ottawa: Editions du remue-menage, 1983)

Leclerc, Annie, Parole de femme (Paris: Grasset, 1974)
Marini, Marcelle, Territoires du féminin avec Marguerite Duras / Marcelle Marini (Paris : Editions de Minuit, c1977).

Moi, T., Sexual textual politics (NY: Routledge 1985)
Ricouart, J., Ecriture féminine et violence: une étude de Marguerite Duras (Birmingham: Summa, 1991)

Rodgers, C., "Déconstruction de la masculinité dans l'oeuvre durassienne", in Alain Vircondelet (ed.), Marguerite Duras. Rencontres de Cerisy, (Paris: Ecriture, 1994), pp.47-68

Rodgers, C, and N Morello, Nouvelles écrivaines : nouvelles voix? (Amsterdam; New York: Rodopi, 2002). See intro chapter for useful overview.

Rye, Gill, and M Worton, (eds), Women's Writing in Contemporary France: New Writers, New Literatures in the 1990s (Manchester, MUP, 2002) - chapters on Chawaf and Darrieussecq

Saigal, M, L'écriture: lien de mère à fille chex Jeanne Hyvrard, Chantal Chawaf, et Annie Ernaux (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2000).

Stephanson, B., Introduction to Les belles images (London: Heinemann, 1980)

Sellers, S., The Hélène Cixous Reader (London: Routledge, 1994)
Feminist Criticism: theory and practice (London: Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1991)
Language and Sexual Difference: Feminist Writing in France (Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1991)

Skoller, E., The in-between of writing: experience and experiment in Drabble, Duras and Arendt (Ann Arbor: Uni of Michigan Press, 1993)

Spender, Dale, Man-made Language (London: Routledge, 1985)

Introduction to feminist theory and criticism: Browse classmark PN98; HQ1111 (and Reserve collection)
Chapters in Books/Articles (NB. not exhaustive)

On Beauvoir
See books by Fallaize and Keefe above

Moi, Toril, Feminist theory and Simone de Beauvoir (Oxford: Blackwell, 1990)

On Cardinal
Reading for Pleasure: Marie Cardinal's Les Mots pour le dire and the
Text as (Re)play of Oedipal Configurations
Author: Powrie, Phil In: 207 pp.; Contemporary French
Fiction by Women: Feminist Perspectives; Atack, Margaret (ed.)--Powrie,
Phil (ed.); Publication: 1990
The Writing Cure: Marie Cardinal's Les Mots pour le dire and Michele
Manceaux's Grand reportage
Author: Hutton, Margaret-Anne In: 199 pp.; Epidemics and
Sickness in French Literature and Culture; Lloyd, Christopher (ed. and
preface); Publication: 1995

Writing from Experience: The Place of the Personal in French Feminist
Author: Thomas, Lyn; Webb, Emma Source: Feminist Review, 61,
(1999 Spring): p. 27-48
Divided Selves: The Language of the Body in Assia Djebar's L'amour,
la fantasia and Marie Cardinal's Les mots pour le dire
Author: Corbin, Laurie Source: Women in French Studies
{Muncie, IN}7, (1999): p. 142-54

Duras and Cardinal: Writing the (M)Other
Author: Lane, Nancy Source: French Forum {Nicholasville,
KY}24, no. 2 (1999 May): p. 215-32

In the Eye of Abjection: Marie Cardinal's The Words To Say It
Author: Elliot, Patricia Source: Mosaic: A Journal for the
Interdisciplinary Study of Literature {Winnipeg, MB, Canada}20, no. 4
(1987 Fall): p. 71-81

Christ as Madwoman: Images of Redemptive Hope in Marie Cardinal's
The Words to Say It
Author: Matthews, Jeanne K. Source: Literature & Theology: An
International Journal of Theory, Criticism and Culture {1RD, England}9,
no. 4 (1995 Dec): p. 431-38

Between Irigaray and Cardinal: Reinventing Maternal Genealogies
Author: Haigh, Samantha Source: The Modern Language Review
{Leeds, England}89, no. 1 (1994 Jan): p. 61-70

Roots and Alienation in Marie Cardinal's Au Pays de mes racines
Author: Cairns, Lucille Source: Forum for Modern Language Studies
{Oxford, England}29, no. 4 (1993 Oct): p. 346-58

Passion and Paranoia: Power Structures and the Representation of Men
in the Writings of Marie Cardinal
Author: Cairns, Lucille Source: French Studies: A Quarterly
Review {Oxford, England}46, no. 3 (1992 July): p. 280-95

On Darrieussecq
Asibong, Andrew: "Mulier sacra: Marie Chauvet, Marie Darrieussecq and the Sexual Metamorphoses of 'Bare Life'"
French Cultural Studies, (14:2 [41]), 2003 June, 169-77. (2003)

Isabelle Favre, 'Marie Darrieussecq ou lard de la calorie vide', Women in French Studies, vol. 8 (2000), 164-76.

Gaudet, Jeannette: "Dishing the Dirt: Metamorphosis in Marie Darrieussecq's Truismes"
Women in French Studies, (9), 2001, 181-92. (2001)

Horvath, Christina: "Le Fantastique contemporain: Un Fantastique au féminin"
Iris: Les Cahiers du Gerf, (24), 2002-2003 Winter, 171-80. (2002-2003)
Jordan, Shirley: "Saying the Unsayable: Identities in Crisis in the Early Novels of Marie Darrieussecq"
In (pp. 142-53) Rye, Gill (ed., introd., and conclusion); Worton, Michael (ed., introd., and conclusion) , Women's Writing in Contemporary France: New Writers, New Literatures in the 1990s. Manchester, England: Manchester UP, 2002. ix, 262 pp.. (2002)

Jordan, Shirley: "Saying the Unsayable: Identities in Crisis in the Early Novels of Marie Darrieussecq"
In (pp. 142-53) Rye, Gill (ed., introd., and conclusion); Worton, Michael (ed., introd., and conclusion) , Women's Writing in Contemporary France: New Writers, New Literatures in the 1990s. Manchester, England: Manchester UP, 2002. ix, 262 pp.. (2002)

Jordan, Shirley: "Saying the Unsayable: Identities in Crisis in the Early Novels of Marie Darrieussecq"
In (pp. 142-53) Rye, Gill (ed., introd., and conclusion); Worton, Michael (ed., introd., and conclusion) , Women's Writing in Contemporary France: New Writers, New Literatures in the 1990s. Manchester, England: Manchester UP, 2002. ix, 262 pp.. (2002)

Wilson, Emma: "Duras and the Female Reader: Le Ravissement de Lol V. Stein"
Dalhousie French Studies, (26), 1994 Spring, 97-107. (1994)
Günther, Renate: "Le Ravissement de Lol V. Stein and L'Amant"
London; Valencia: Grant & Cutler; Artes Gráficas Soler, 1993. 87 pp.. (London: Critical Guides to French Texts 99 ). (1993)

Je est une autre: Of Rimbaud and Duras
Author: Hanrahan, Mairead Source: MLN {Baltimore, MD}113, no. 4
(1998 Sept): p. 915-36
Lol ou la narration ravie
Author: Rojtman, Betty Source: Etudes Francaises {Montreal, PQ,
Canada}29, no. 2 (1993 Autumn): p. 103-15

Masochism, Sadism, and Women's Writing: The Examples of Marguerite
Duras and Monique Wittig
Author: Heathcote, Owen Source: Nottingham French Studies
{Nottingham, England}32, no. 2 (1993 Autumn): p. 71-84

The Last French Novels
Author: Gans, Eric Source: Romanic Review {New York, NY}83, no. 4
(1992 Nov): p. 501-16

Metaphor between Lacan and Duras: Narrative Knots and the Plot of
Author: O'Brien, John Source: Forum for Modern Language Studies
{Oxford, England}29, no. 3 (1993 July): p. 232-45

Repetition: Memory and Oblivion: Freud, Duras, and Stein
Author: Tomiche, Anne Source: Revue de Litterature Comparee
(Paris, Franc) 65, no. 3 (259) (1991 July-Sept): p. 261-76

Le 'Ravissement' de Lol V. Stein
Author: Alberti, Bernard; Mathet, Marie-Therese Source: French
Studies: A Quarterly Review {Oxford, England}44, no. 4 (1990 Oct.): p.

Words for Love in Marguerite Duras: L'Apres-midi de Monsieur
Andesmas (1962) and Le Ravissement de Lol V. Stein (1964)
Author: Greene, Robert W. Source: Romanic Review {New York,
NY}80, no. 1 (1989 Jan.): p. 131-148

The Forgetfulness of Memory: Jacques Lacan, Marguerite Duras, and
the Text
Author: Lydon, Mary Source: Contemporary Literature {Madison,
WI}29, no. 3 (1988 Fall): p. 351-368

Rodomontages of Le Ravissement de Lol V. Stein
Author: Andermatt, Verena Source: Yale French Studies {New Haven,
CT}57, (1979): p. 23-35

On Harpman
Bainbrigge, Susan, 'Experimenting with Identity in Jacqueline Harpman's Orlanda'
Dalhousie French Studies, (68), 2004 Fall, 99-107. (2004)

Bainbrigge, Susan: "Identité, altérité et intertextualité dans l'écriture de Neel Doff, Dominique Rolin, Jacqueline Harpman et Amélie Nothomb"
Nouvelles Etudes Francophones, (19:2), 2004 Autumn, 31-42. (2004)
Harpman, Jacqueline: "Virginia Woolf, la vérité d'Orlando"
Magazine Littéraire, (426), 2003 Dec, 46-47. (2003)

Linkhorn, Renée: "Jacqueline Harpman, Belge, femme et écrivaine: Un Profil"
Revue Francophone, (10:2), 1995 Winter, 39-52. (1995)
Linkhorn, Renée: "Je(u) romanesque et niveaux narratifs chez Jacqueline Harpman"
In (pp. 51-72) Linkhorn, Renée (ed.) , La Belgique telle qu'elle s'écrit: Perspectives sur les lettres belges de langue française. New York: Peter Lang, 1995. 404 pp.. ( New York: Belgian Francophone Library 4 ). (1995)

Nys-Mazure, Colette: "Bourdouxhe, Rolin, Harpman...Fatales?"
Revue Générale, (133:4), 1998 Apr, 25-39. (1998)

Paque, Jeannine, Jacqueline Harpman (Bruxelles: Ed. Wilquin, 2004).

Paque, Jeannine: "Vie et mort d'une cité de femmes ou le sursis par l'écriture chez Jacqueline Harpman"
Women in French Studies, (5), 1997 Winter, 89-96. (1997)

Sauble-Otto, Lorie: "Writing to Exist: Humanity and Survival in Two fin de siècle Novels in French (Harpman, Darrieussecq)"
Esprit Créateur, (45:1), 2005 Spring, 59-66. (2005)

Verdussen, Monique: "Entretien avec Jacqueline Harpman, romancière et psychanalyste"
Revue Générale, (132:12), 1997 Dec, 43-48. (1997)
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Graduate Attributes and Skills By the end of the course, students will have further developed their skills in the areas of research and enquiry, personal and intellectual autonomy, communication, and personal effectiveness. For further specification of these skills see the university¿s graduate and employability skills framework at
KeywordsDELC O Ecriture
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