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Undergraduate Course: Exploring Belgian Identities in Literature and Film (Ordinary) (ELCF09031)

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 Option will study the treatment of identity in a selection of modern and contemporary francophone Belgian writing. Through the close analysis of a selection of texts and films, the course aims to develop students' understanding of the numerous thematic, formal, generic and socio-historical issues raised by the representation of Belgian identities and experience, while at the same time familiarising them with the history and culture of Belgium generally. The course aims to develop knowledge and understanding of Belgian identity, history and culture through study of a selection of texts and films in which questions of identity are explored and often foregrounded.
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
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. To demonstrate an advanced knowledge of a range of sources 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 text and film, 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
Set Texts
Suzanne Lilar, Une Enfance gantoise (Bruxelles: Labor, 1998), first published 1976.
Jean Muno, Histoire exécrable d'un héros brabançon (Bruxelles: Labor, 1998), first published 1982.
Amélie Nothomb, Stupeur et tremblements (Paris: ed. Poche, 1999) + film by Alain Corneau (2003).

Nicole Malinconi, Nous Deux/Da solo (Bruxelles: Labor, 2002), first published 1993 and 1998.

Pie Tschibanda, Un fou noir au pays des blancs (Bruxelles: Le Grand miroir, 2007).

Secondary reading
Bainbrigge, Susan, Culture and Identity in Belgian Francophone Writing: Dialogue, Diversity and Displacement (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2009).

L'identité culturelle de la Belgique et de la Suisse francophones, ed. by Paul Gorceix (Paris: Honoré Champion, 1997).

Jack, Belinda, Francophone Literatures: An Introductory Survey (Oxford: Oxford UP, 1996). Chapter on Belgium
Quaghebeur, Marc, Balises pour l'histoire des Lettres belges de langue française (Bruxelles: Labor, 1998)
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 Belg IDs depictions of Belgium; historical,linguistic,cultural,and in relation to France-B
Course organiser Edouard Notte
Course secretaryMrs Elsie Gach
Tel: (0131 6)50 8421
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