Undergraduate Course: Ecriture Feminine (ELCF10013)
|School||School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 1 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
This 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 psychoanalytical perspectives, examining for example feminist responses to the socio-political position of women in France and francophone countries and the theory and practice of écriture féminine. Key theoretical texts will be studied in conjunction with the set texts in seminars to familiarise students with the principal tenets of French feminism. This framework will then enable students to assess the degree to which theoretical aspects of French feminism find illustration in women's writing in France. The course will also give students the opportunity to study women writers' relationship to autobiography and to postcolonial writing.
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, 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)
60%: essay (1500 words) - at end of the course.
20%: participation in discussion boards [seminar question threads each week]
20%: (individual or in groups) oral presentation: either in situ or PP+ 5/10mins audio recording (embedded in PP or separate file)
Assessment criteria for participation :
precise reference(s) to texts;
use of secondary references;
and frequency of participation (i.e. more than one contribution per week will result in a higher mark)
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- To evaluate the distinctive contributions of the authors studied to the feminist, socio-cultural and literary context in which they write.
- To apply relevant theoretical, conceptual and methodological approaches in their critical evaluation of the work of the authors studied.
- To employ the critical terminology associated with feminism, psychoanalysis, existentialism and literary analysis relevant to their analyses.
- To analyse the distinctive features of the texts studied in terms of their vocabulary, register, and uses of grammar, syntax and image.
- To construct coherent arguments, both in oral and written form, that engage effectively with primary and secondary sources, context and theory.
Simone de Beauvoir, La Femme rompue (1967) (Paris: Gallimard, ed. folio 1967)
Marie Cardinal, Les Mots pour le dire (Paris: Ed. de poche, 1975)
Assia Djebar, Femmes d'Alger dans leur appartement (Paris: des femmes, 1980)
Marie Darrieussecq, Truismes (Paris: P.O.L., 1996), ed. folio
Jacqueline Harpman, Orlanda (ed.poche)
|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 http://www.employability.ed.ac.uk/documents/GAFramework+Interpretation.pdf
|Keywords||DELC Ecriture Fem
|Course organiser||Dr Katharine Swarbrick
Tel: (0131 6)50 8415
|Course secretary||Mrs Elsie Gach
Tel: (0131 6)50 8421