Undergraduate Course: Women writers in early modern France (ELCF10067)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||Until very recently, the literary production of early modern women writers has been unjustly undermined by critics. In the early modern period, to be a woman was to comply with the patriarchal triptych: 'silence, obedience and chastity'. Female authorship was therefore controversial. Seen as monstrous by those who confined women to the domestic sphere, women writers were often turned into 'Muses' and exemplars of virtue and wisdom by the defenders of the 'fair sex'. This course will bring to light the works of some of the most fashionable and bestselling women writers in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
While replacing these women's writings in the context of the Querelle des femmes (a centuries-long debate over woman's place in society), the course will explore the extent to which, and the ways in which these women writers subvert the patriarchal ideology that shaped the society in which they wrote, and whether, in the process, they establish a dialogue with the works of male writers. Given the popularity of these women writers during their own lives and beyond, the course will not only aim to uncover whether or not these women writers can be labelled as the foremothers of 'feminism'.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|| Students MUST have passed:
French 2 (ELCF08001)
||Other requirements|| Entry to Honours in French
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
1 x 2000 word essay (80%)
1 x in-class presentation (10%)
1 x class participation (10%)
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of the chosen specialism(s); to demonstrate the mastery of relevant technical terminology and research methods
- recognise and acknowledge the complexity of the subject; to carry out personal research under the guidance of the tutor and offer evidence of research initiative
- show a good understanding of and apply competently complex conceptual frameworks; to offer alternative perspectives, identify and accommodate ambiguities and show an awareness of nuance
- construct coherent arguments which demonstrate an awareness of the problems posed by the texts/ issues which they are studying; to develop original ideas
- demonstrate a high level of expression in both written and oral presentations; to demonstrate an awareness of the research agenda relating to the topic
|The set texts and periods studied may vary from one year to another; but the course will generally cover texts by sixteenth-, seventeenth- and eighteenth-century authors and will consist of |
Introduction plus 2 or 3 two-hour sessions per text.
The course will be based on a selection from the following novels or authors:
Marguerite de Navarre, 'L'Heptameron' (Flammarion, 1999)
Madeleine de Scudéry, 'L'histoire des amants infortunés' and 'L'Histoire de Sapho' in Artamènes ou le Grand Cyrus, eds. Alexandre Gefen et Claude Bourqui, 2006.
Mme d'Aulnoy, 'Contes de fées', ed. Constance Cagnat-Debeuf (Folio classique, 2008)
Mme de Villedieu, 'Mémoires de la vie de Henriette-Sylvie de Molière', ed. René Démoris (Desjonquères, 2003).
Mme de Riccoboni, 'Histoire de M. Le Marquis de Cressy' (Paris : Folio, 2009).
Isabelle de Charrière, 'Sir Walter Finch et son fils William' (Paris: Folio, 2008).
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||This course has the same aims as all French Options, which are well established and universally praised by both students and external examiners as fostering depth of understanding of rich intellectual fields and the ability to write and speak about them intelligently and cogently in French
|Keywords||Querelle des femmes,humanism,feminism,phallocentricism,galanterie,patriarchy,gender representations
|Course organiser||Dr Severine Genieys-Kirk
Tel: (0131 6)51 1734
|Course secretary||Mrs Elsie Gach
Tel: (0131 6)50 8421