Short Narrative Fiction in French - FR546

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2017-18 2018-19
Canterbury Spring
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5 15 (7.5) DR JE Fowler


Students registering for this module will need to have proficiency in the target language at level B1/B2, as the module is taught partly in the target language


This module is not available as a wild module



This module will introduce a selection of short narrative fiction in French drawn from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It will reflect on the techniques and forms used by a number of authors and inquire whether short fictions tend to display common features. The authors chosen use the form in a wide variety of ways, from illustrating a philosophical position to dramatising an ethical dilemma or even questioning the conventions of fiction themselves. The texts will be considered with some reference to concepts drawn from general theory of narrative.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

One weekly two-hour seminar for 10 weeks

Method of assessment

60% Coursework, 40% Exam

Preliminary reading

Indicative Reading:

Voltaire L'Ingénu, Candide
Diderot Supplément au Voyage de Bougainville
Nerval Sylvie
Flaubert Un coeur simple
Maupassant Boule de Suif, Le Horla

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete the module will:

1. have gained a critical understanding of a range of narrative fiction from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries;
2. have developed their analytical skills relating to the study of narrative technique and structure;
3. have developed their analytical skills relating to close reading and evaluation of literary texts;
4. have developed their reading speed in French.

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