French Non-Fiction II

Subject FREN30016 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2012.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 1 x 1.5 hour seminar 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.


French 4 or French 6 or French Language and Culture 1B or French Intermediate Language & Culture B or equivalent.



Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:

Students who have completed 116-236 French Letters: Correspondence in France or French Non-Fiction II at Level 2 may not enrol in this subject.

Core Participation Requirements:

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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.

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%.

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:

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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Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
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.
Related Course(s): Diploma in Modern Languages (French)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: French

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