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FR3077 Contemporary French Fiction

SCOTCAT credits:15
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 9
Planned timetable:To be arranged.

The aim of this module is to introduce students to works of contemporary French fiction. Five works of fiction (all published within the last 10 years; several of them more recently) will be studied in the context of a range of theoretical and pedagogic questions. What do we mean by 'contemporary fiction' (or indeed 'fiction')? What is 'the contemporary'? Is national literature still an important phenomenon in a world of translation and world literature? How do we go about choosing texts to study / teach on a contemporary module of this kind? Can a canon of emerging texts and / or authors already be identified? Do these texts share specifically 'contemporary' traits, e.g. their relationship to socio-political 'reality', stylistic or generic conventions? How might we judge if these are great, or even good, works, and does it matter?

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for all MA degrees involving French

UG Pre-requisite(s):Permission of the French Honours Adviser

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1 seminar and 1 surgery hour.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 16
  • Guided independent study: 134

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 60%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 40%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 60%, Coursework = 40%
UG Re-assessment:3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Prof M-A Hutton
Module teaching staff: