French Fictions II

Subject 116-032 (2008)

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Credit Points: 12.500
Level: Undergraduate
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2008.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1.5-hour lecture and a 1-hour tutorial per week.
Total Time Commitment: Not available

European studies students wishing to enrol in this subject would normally have completed first year European studies.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Dr Chris Andrews
Subject Overview:

In this subject students will read a series of experimental literary texts in French, discovering the patterns and irregularities in their structure. An understanding of how these texts are put together will be applied in a series of writing exercises employing constraints similar to those discovered in the reading. Students also explore the poetic function of language through the systematic study of word play and come to appreciate the literary potential of spoken French. On completing the subject students should have an understanding of the historical relations between the prescribed texts and a sense of experimental possibilities as yet unexplored. The subject will be taught in French.


One class paper in French equivalent to 1000 words 30% (due during the semester), one folio of writing exercises in French totalling 1600 words 35% (due during the examination period), one critical essay in French totalling 1400 words 35% (due during the examination period).

Prescribed Texts:

Prescribed Texts:

A subject reader will be available through the University of Melbourne Bookshop

  • Atlas de littérature potentielle (Oulipo), Folio
  • Pierrot mon ami (Raymond Queneau), Folio
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Research: through frequent and systematic use of the library and other information sources, the definition of areas of inquiry and familiarisation with research methods;

  • Critical thinking and analysis: through required and recommended reading, essay writing and tutorial discussion, and by assessing the strength of arguments;

  • Thinking in theoretical and analytical terms: through lectures, tutorial discussion, essay writing and engagement in the methodologies of the humanities and social sciences;

  • Understanding of social, political, historical and cultural contexts and international awareness/openness to the world: through the contextualisation of judgements and knowledge, developing a critical self-awareness, being open to new ideas and new aspects of French culture, and by formulating arguments;

  • Communicating knowledge intelligibly and economically: through essay and assignment writing, tutorial discussion and class presentations;

  • Public speaking and confidence in self-expression: through tutorial participation and class presentations;

  • Written communication: through essay and assignment preparation and writing;

  • Attention to detail: through close reading and textual analysis, essay preparation and writing, and examination revision;

  • Time management and planning: through managing and organizing workloads for required and recommended reading, essay and assignment completion and revision for examinations.


This subject was previously offered as 116-032 Puzzles and Mazes: Experimental Writing. Students who have completed Puzzles and Mazes may not enrol in this subject.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Arts
Diploma in Modern Languages (French)
Graduate Certificate in Arts (European Studies)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (European Studies)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (French)

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