French Fictions I

Subject FREN20003 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 2, Parkville - 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

On campus

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1 x 1.5 hour lecture and 1 x 1 hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: 2.5 contact hours/week, 6 additional hours/week. Total of 8.5 hours per week.
Prerequisites: One of the following subjects:
Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Not offered in 2011
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: Students who have completed the subject 116-018 Classical and Contemporary Novel or FREN30005 French Fictions l at third year level are not allowed to enrol in this subject.
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Objectives, 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 the Disability Liaison Unit:


Dr Bertrand Bourgeois

Subject Overview:

In this subject students will study a selection of novels from the 19th and 20th centuries, analysing their narrative structures, and developing an awareness of their social and political contexts. Various theories of narrative will be used to facilitate an understanding of the evolution of the French novel. At the end of this subject students should be able to analyse the narrative structure of various novels. show a knowledge of the evolution of prose narration in French literature. demonstrate critical awareness of the social, political and ideological context of each novel. The subject will be taught in French.

  • Be able to analyse narrative structures and develop an awareness of social and political contexts through study of a selection of novels from the 19th and 20th centuries.
  • Show a knowledge of the evolution of prose narration in French literature.

A class paper of 1200 words 30%, an essay of 2000 words in French 50% and class tests 20%.

This subject has the following hurdle requirements:

  • Regular participation in tutorials is required with a minimum of 75% attendance.
  • All pieces of written work must be submitted to pass this subject.
Assessment submitted late without an approved extension will be penalised at 10% per day and in-class tasks missed without approval will not be marked.

Prescribed Texts:
  • Le Lys dans la Vallée (Balzac) Gallimard 1951
  • Madame Bovary (Flaubert) Gallimard 1976
  • Du côté de chez Swann (Proust) Gallimard 1988
  • La Puissance des Mouches (Salvyre) Editions du Seuil 1997
Breadth Options:

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

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Be able to analyse the narrative structure of a series of 19th and 20th century novels.
  • Demonstrate critical awareness of the social, political and ideological context of these novels.
Related Course(s): Diploma in Modern Languages (French)
Graduate Diploma in Arts (French)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: French
French Major

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