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

Undergraduate Course: Ecriture Feminine (Ordinary) (ELCF09002)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will examine a wide range of innovative and thought-provoking fictional texts from 20th century feminist writing using literary, philosophical and psychoanalytic perspectives. We examine feminist responses to the socio-cultural position of women in France and Francophone countries, and aspects of écriture féminine. Some theory and political ideas will be studied in conjunction with certain set texts in online discussions to familiarise students with the principal tenets of French feminism.
Course description 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.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: French 2 Language (ELCF08013) AND French 2 Literature and Culture (ELCF08012)
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
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. To discuss the distinctive contributions of the authors studied to the feminist, socio-cultural and literary context in which they write.
  2. To explain relevant theoretical, conceptual and methodological approaches related to the work of the authors studied.
  3. To employ the critical terminology associated with feminism, psychoanalysis, existentialism and literary analysis relevant to their discussions.
  4. To demonstrate a grasp of the distinctive features of vocabulary, register, and uses of grammar, syntax and image in the texts of the authors studied.
  5. To construct coherent arguments, both in oral and written from, that engage with primary and secondary sources, context and theory.
Reading List
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)
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 Ecriture
Course organiserDr Katharine Swarbrick
Tel: (0131 6)50 8415
Course secretaryMrs Elsie Gach
Tel: (0131 6)50 8421
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