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.
OverviewAmong the capital cities of Europe, Paris has a particularly rich and exciting history. It played, for example, a key role during the revolution of 1789 and subsequent political upheavals in the course of the 19th century. This module follows on from FR593 Paris: Myth and Reality I (which is NOT a prerequisite for FR594). It explores the different and evolving representations of Paris of the 20th century in the context of modernity and postmodernity. Although the main focus of the course will be literary, including poetry and fiction, there will also be examination of the changing landscape of the capital as mediated through film.
This module appears in:
One weekly one-hour lecture and one weekly one-hour seminar for 10 weeks
Method of assessment
60% Coursework, 40% Exam
Apollinaire, Guillaume. Alcools (Paris: Gallimard, 1966)
Gary, Romain. La Vie devant soi (Paris: Gallimard/Folio, 1982)
Truffaut, François. Les 400 coups (1959)
Modiano, Patrick. La Petite Bijou (Paris: Gallimard/Folio, 2002)
Jeunet, Jean-Pierre. Le Fabuleux Destin dAmélie Poulain (2001)
Various directors, Paris je taime (2006)
Nimier, Marie. Les Inséparables (Paris: Gallimard/Folio, 2010)
Students who successfully complete the module will:
(a) have gained a critical appreciation of a wide range of literary and filmic works produced in France during the twentieth century;
(b) have explored the literary, filmic and historical background of the works studied, and have assessed and critically analysed the complex links between Paris as a real city and its representation by writers and filmmakers;
(c) have developed their analytical skills relating to close reading and evaluation of literary texts;
(d) have developed their reading speed in French.