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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures : European Languages and Cultures - French

Undergraduate Course: Love and Melancholy in Early Modern France (Ordinary) (ELCF09017)

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 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.
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
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:  3
Course Start Semester 2
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%)
Feedback Not entered
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 literary 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 literary texts belonging to a variety of genres - the nouvelle, the sonnet, the phisosophical treatise - 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
Marsile Ficin, Commentaire sur le Banquet de Platon - De l'Amour (Discours II, VI et VII), trad. Pierre Laurens, Les Belles Lettres, 2002.
Marguerite de Navarre, Heptaméron (nouvelles: 2-3-8-9-10;19; 24; 40; 64; 70), Garnier Flammarion.
Ronsard, Les Amours (we will only study Part III: Sonnets pour Hélène, Gallimard, collection "Gallimard poésie" (please make sure that you buy the "Gallimard Poésie" edition).
Jacques Ferrand, Traité de l'essence et guérison de l'amour ou De la mélancolie érotique (1610), Economica, 2001.
Montaigne, 'Sur des vers de Virgile', Essais III, Folio classique, Gallimard, Paris, 2009.
Additional Information
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 Love&Mel
Course organiserDr Emmanuelle Lacore-Martin
Tel: (0131 6)51 1148
Course secretaryMrs Elsie Gach
Tel: (0131 6)50 8421
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