Memory and Childhood in 20th Century French Fiction - FR620

Location Term Level Credits (ECTS) Current Convenor 2019-20
Canterbury Autumn
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5 15 (7.5)

Pre-requisites

Prerequisite: FREN3300 – French Beginners A1-A2 (Intensive) or equivalent level of ability

Restrictions

None

2019-20

Overview

It is commonly accepted that identity or a sense of self is constructed by and through narrative – the stories we tell each other and ourselves about our lives. This module explores the complex relationships that exist between memory, nostalgia, writing and identity in a range of twentieth-century autobiographical and first- and third-person fictional works in French. These texts foreground issues of childhood, memory, history, and trauma in the construction of identity.

Details

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Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 20

Method of assessment

Critical Writing Exercise (500 words) – 20%
Essay (2,500 words) – 60%
Presentation (15 minutes) – 20%

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List:

Ernaux, A. (2007). La Place. Paris: Gallimard.
Germain, S. (2001). L'Enfant Méduse. Paris: Gallimard.
Kofman, S. (2005). Rue Ordener, rue Labat. Paris: Galilée.
Perec, G. (2001). W ou le souvenir d'enfance. Paris: Denoël.
Proust, M. (2001) Combray. In: Du côté de chez Swann. Paris: Gallimard.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

- Explore in depth a range of twentieth-century literary works in French that reflect on the nature of childhood, memory, and memories of childhood;
- Reflect critically on the role and significance of memory and childhood in a variety of literary genres;
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the narratological import of the relationship between the fictional and the autobiographical;
- Demonstrate a critical appreciation of the ways in which memory can bear upon literary form;
- Demonstrate confident analytical skills for the study of narrative technique and structure;
- Demonstrate their ability to read in French.

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