This module will examine ways in which this turbulent and divisive period of French history is reflected in imaginative writing. Some texts are nearly contemporaneous with events; others reflect collective memory of the Occupation across generations. Questions raised will include: problems of realistic description and of narrative technique; the relationship of the individual to events beyond his/her control; conflicting loyalties and responsibilities; Resistance and occupation as metaphor; the mode rétro in French fiction since the 1960s. A certain amount of historical background reading will be essential.
Total Contact Hours: 20
Method of assessment
Essay (2,400 words) – 60%
Presentation (15 minutes) – 20%
Critical Writing Exercise (500 words) – 20%
Camus – Lettres à un ami allemand
Duras – La Douleur
Némirovsky – Suite française
Modiano – Livret de famille
Vercors – 'Le silence de la mer' (in: Le Silence de la mer)
See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Demonstrate a critical appreciation of a range of literary works inspired by the period of the Occupation and the Resistance in France;
- Explore the literary and historical background of different French works, and assess and critically analyse the complex links between events and the fiction itself;
- Demonstrate their cogent analytical skills relating to close reading and evaluation of literary texts;
- Demonstrate their reading speed in French.
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