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FR4126   Flaubert's France

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 2

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

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.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Entry to Honours French

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 seminar and 1 surgery hour.

Scheduled learning hours: 16

Guided independent study hours: 134

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 60%, Coursework = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 60%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 40%

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


Module teaching staff: Prof M Orr