Mothers and Daughters in Women's Writing - FR601

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2018-19 2019-20
Canterbury Spring
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6 15 (7.5)


Students registering for this module will need to have proficiency in the target language at level B2/C1, as the module is taught partly in the target language


This module is not available as a wild module



The module is designed to acquaint students with samples of the main trends within the work of Twentieth Century Women writers by paying close attention to the relations between mothers and their daughters who become writers. Each novel chosen is one of personal analysis of the often-violent relationship between the mothers and their daughters who turn to writing in a search for identity and liberation from the mother or maternal figure of their youth. Students analyse the texts in order to evaluate how the picture of the mother has evolved. We will pay close attention to the underlying theme of the progression of the role of women in French society. Each text will also provide us with a variety of specific themes to discuss which will enable us to better understand the changes which French women have faced during this century.


This module appears in:

Contact hours

One weekly two-hour seminar for ten weeks

Method of assessment

100% Coursework

Preliminary reading

Indicative Reading:

Colette: Sido
Françoise Sagan: Bonjour Tristesse
Simone de Beauvoir: Une mort très douce
Marie Cardinal: Les Mots pour le dire
Marguerite Duras: L'Amant
Nathalie Sarraute: Enfance

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 critically analysed issues surrounding the relationships between mothers and daughters who become writers (such as identity and evolving representations);
2. have gained a critical appreciation of issues raised by women writers;
3. have evaluated the role of the family in French society;
4. have developed and consolidated their analytical skills relating to close reading and evaluation of literary texts;
5. have developed and improved their reading speed in French.

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