War and Conflict in French Literature (MLF1015)

StaffProfessor Fiona Cox - Convenor
Credit Value15
ECTS Value7.5
NQF Level4
Pre-requisitesA-level French or equivalent
Duration of Module Term 2: 11 weeks;

Module aims

  • To introduce you to important wars and analysis through the connecting themes of war and conflict by analysing literary texts in their historical and conflicts in French history via literary texts.
  • To examine the impact of war and conflict on the development of French history and culture.
  • To develop a comparative approach to literary socio-cultural context

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Demonstrate familiarity with and understanding of selected texts in the target language, and key aspects of their historical, literary and cultural context.
  • 2. Describe and evaluate under guidance from course tutor(s) key critical responses to the topic and apply standard critical approaches to the material

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 3. Recognise the existence of differing critical responses to the material
  • 4. Mount an argument in an appropriate register applying basic textual evidence

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 5. Plan and write an essay to a specified deadline and length, showing awareness of basic academic conventions, and showing evidence of engagement with secondary material

Syllabus plan

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, it is envisioned that it will cover some or all of the following topics:

  • An introductory session to the course, giving context and alerting you to landmark episodes in French history
  • Establish themes underpinning the course
  • Each book will then be studies in turn

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching10Lectures offering historical overview as well as detailed analyses of texts.
Scheduled Learning and Teaching5Seminars offering in-class discussion and analyses of set texts.
Scheduled Learning and Teaching1Conclusion
Guided Independent Study134Reading of both primary and secondary material. Preparation and writing of essays.

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Essay500 words1-5Written and oral feedback

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Essay1002000 words1-5Written feedback

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
EssayEssay1-5Referral/Deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 40%) you will be required to submit a further assessment as necessary. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 40%.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • Guy de Maupassant – Boule de suif Garnier Flammarion
  • Patrick Modiano – Dora Bruder Folio
  • Leila Sebbar – La Seine était rouge Babel

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Maupassant, Modiano, Sebbar, silence, national identity, conflict, war, collusion, Algeria, Prussia, Germany, France