French Non-Fiction II

Subject 116-236 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 1, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 1.5-hour seminar and one-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: 2.5 contact hours/week , 6 additional hours/week. Total of 8.5 hours per week.
Prerequisites: French Language and Culture 1B or equivalent.
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.

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Dr Sonia Wilson


Dr Sonia Wilson
Subject Overview: The letter can be considered as at once material object, cultural practice and literary text. This subject examines the letter from all three points of view. Students will study the practical constraints that governed the writing, sending and receiving of letters from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century in France, and examine the elaboration of the codes and conventions of letter writing. They will also analyse extracts of those letters considered as models of the genre, and produce letters of their own.
  • be able to apply critical reading strategies to any non-fiction writing;
  • be able to demonstrate a familiarity with the French tradition of correspondence;
  • be able to write plausibly and correctly in this genre.
Assessment: Textual analysis exercice in class (equiv to 1000 words) 30% Written exercises in semester (totalling 1000 words) 30% Essay (2000 words) (due at end of semester) 40%
Prescribed Texts:

A reading booklet provided by the department.

  • Lettre choisies. Madame de Sévigné. Paris: Gallimard, 1988.
  • Les liaisons dangereuses . Choderios de Laclos. Paris: Flammarion, 1981.

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

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Generic Skills:
  • have developed skills in critical thinking and analysis;
  • have developed attention to detail through close reading;
  • have developed an understanding of the relationship between textual production and historical and cultural context.
Notes: Students who have completed 116-236 French Letters: Correspondence in France may not enrol in this subject.
Related Course(s): Diploma in Modern Languages (French)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: French
French Major

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