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Archived Version 2020 - 2021

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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This course involves the in-depth analysis of works by metropolitan and/or non-metropolitan authors in French, placing special emphasis on questions of memory and identity – both on an individual level and involving a wider cultural base. Students explore questions around selfhood and consider different types of narrative and representational practice. The nature of identity is analysed, including its basis, its changes and its hesitations, in relation to the construction and representation of the self in creative work and society. Memory is explored in terms of its selectivity, its foundations, and questions of repression and expression, in accordance with their importance in each work and in each historical context. Students are given the opportunity to provide a practice essay or analysis, which will be corrected by the lecturer but will not count towards the final mark.

Learning Outcomes

1. examine the importance of the generation of 'stories of the self' for identity construction and other relevant theoretical constructs pertaining to the texts under discussion.
2. discuss the effects of different types of narrative form and organization and appraise and incorporate judgements from the key critical literature on the works.
3. identify the specific cultural/societal issues accompanying the texts, for example traumatic historical events, social mobility, or questions of immigration and integration.
4. compare and contrast works produced in French, which may be from different cultures.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Assignment Completion24No Description
Independent Study77No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Readings and Analyses (16 lectures)
Study of themes, structure, character depiction, use of language, textual analysis

Literary criticism and personal interpretations (4 lectures)
Study of literary figures and techniques

Literary history and context (4 lectures)
Presentation of contextual and literary history

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
Indicative Reading List

  • Lecarme, Jacques et Eliane Lecarme-Tabone: 1997, L'Autobiographie, 1st, Armand Colin, Paris,
  • Sheringham, Michael: 1993, Devices and Desires: French Autobiography. Rousseau to Perec, Clarendon Press, Oxford,
  • Cooke, Dervila: 2005, Present Pasts: Patrick Modiano's (Auto)Biographical Fictions, Rodopi, Amsterdam/New York,
  • Fernandez-Recatala, Denis: 1994, Annie Ernaux, Editions du Rocher, Monaco,
Other Resources

38889, website, 0, Venus d'ailleurs. Ecrire l'exil en français (le Québec), http://www.publifarum.farum.it/ezine_articles.php?art_id=211,
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