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FR4126 Flaubert's France

SCOTCAT credits:15
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:To be arranged.

This module focuses on the major works of Flaubert as prisms for understanding the ideological and aesthetic contexts of their times (1820-1870) and ours. Flaubert's exploration and representation of subjects including the taboo, and fictional transgressions of nineteenth-century literary norms make his works deeply relevant to investigating similar twenty-first-century issues and debates. Seminars explore texts in chronological order through a programme of prescribed passages for close reading, topics for class discussion and individual and group tasks involving engagement with secondary critical resources. One aim of the course is to ascertain what is transgressive and avant-garde in Flaubert's works. Another is to understand how literary works of the past can provide prescient insights into issues in contemporary France as a first-world culture. The overall structure of the course proactively facilitates textual/contextual analysis and synthesis as well as investigative learning.

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 = 100%
UG Re-assessment:3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Prof M Orr
Module teaching staff:Prof M Orr