French Special Subject 1

Module code: R1130
Level 6
15 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Unseen examination, Coursework

This module is delivered in French to all single-honours and joint-major students studying French as part of their degree. It will address some key works by two of the most significant writers in 20th-century French literature, namely Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone deBeauvoir.

The texts can vary from year to year but they will normally include at least one notable exemplar of the theatre, prose fiction, biography and/or autobiography, and the discursive or polemical essay (whether literary, political, philosophical or sociological in theme).

A prime focus of analysis will be the manner in which this famous existentialist couple transposed their lived experience – and, to an extent, their own relationship – into a plethora of literary forms.

Module learning outcomes

  • The successful student will demonstrate systematic understanding of key aspects of 20th-century French existentialism.
  • S/he will demonstrate coherent and detailed knowledge of several significant texts written by the foremost exponents of modern French existentialism.
  • S/he will demonstrate sophisticated intellectual engagement with the philosophical, psychological, moral, critical or other issues arising from the works studied.
  • S/he will demonstrate a good command of written French, appropriate in its accuracy and register to the development of sustained academic argument in the context of discursive essays produced under examination conditions.