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
OverviewIt is commonly accepted that identity or a sense of self is constructed by and through narrative the stories we tell ourselves and each other 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.
This module appears in:
One weekly two-hour seminar for 10 weeks
Method of assessment
Indicative Reading List:
ERNAUX, A. (1983) La Place. Paris: Gallimard.
GERMAIN, S. (1992) L'Enfant Méduse. Paris: Gallimard.
KOFMAN, S. (1994) Rue Ordener, rue Labat. Paris: Galilée.
PEREC, G. (1975) W ou le souvenir d'enfance. Paris: Denoël.
PROUST, M. (1913) Combray. In: Du côté de chez Swann. Paris: Grasset.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
8.1 explore in depth a range of twentieth-century literary works in French which reflect on the nature of childhood, memory, and memories of childhood;
8.2 reflect critically on the role and significance of memory and childhood in a variety of literary genres;
8.3 develop a critical understanding of the narratological import of the relationship between the fictional and the autobiographical;
8.4 develop a critical appreciation of the ways in which memory can bear upon literary form;
8.5 develop their analytical skills for the study of narrative technique and structure;
8.6 develop their ability to read in French.