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This subject is not offered in 2008.
|Time Commitment:||Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week |
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|Prerequisites:||Admission to the postgraduate diploma or fourth-year honours in French.|
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CoordinatorDr Jill Anderson
|Subject Overview:|| |
This subject aims to develop a global understanding of certain key transformations in contemporary culture via the study of recent avant-garde literary texts (Ernaux, Houellebecq, Laurens, Quignard, Weyergans, Toussaint). We look at new narrative techniques, representations of modernity, humour and irony, the influence of painting and photography, the role of the reader and the renewed focus on love and eroticism. Other controversial authors and contemporary women writers complete our study, which explores the dynamics of French writing today. At the end of the subject, students should be able to synthesise an approach to a general problem in contemporary culture through the use of a variety of material, including internet sites; develop the ability to write articles and to build personal research projects.
|Assessment:||A 30-minute classpaper of 1500 words in French subsequently written up 35% (due a week after the presentation), a 3000 word comparative essay in French 45% (due a week after the end of semester) and brief presentations on key issues for discussion totalling 500 words 20% (due at regular intervals during semester).|
|Prescribed Texts:||Annie Ernaux, Marc Marie, L'Usage de la photo. Gallimard 2005 Michel Houellebecq , Les Particules élémentaires . Flammarion 1998 Michel Houellebecq , La Possibilité d'une île . Fayard 2005 Camille Laurens , Dans ces bras-là . POL 2000 Camille Laurens , Cet absent-là. Figures de Rémi Vinet . Gallimard 2006 Pascal Quignard, Terrasse à Rome . Gallimard folio 2000 François Weyergans, Trois jours chez ma mère. Grasset 2005 Prix Goncourt|
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This subject is not available as a breadth subject.
|Fees Information:||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
|Generic Skills:|| |
Students who have completed 116-451 Themes in Contemporary Literature may not enrol in this subject.
Graduate Diploma in Arts (French) |
Postgraduate Certificate in Arts (French)
Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (French)
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