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FR4127 Nineteenth-Century French Narratives of the Sea

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

This module takes students into new realms of engagement with (i) thematic criticism, and (ii) Nineteenth-century hybrid narrative forms blending fact and fiction that develop in response to different understandings of the natural world. By investigating how the sea has been variously seen, read, recorded and written in the century that established modern French natural/marine science disciplines, students will everywhere harness and step outside disciplinary frames for 'Modern Language' study. The 4 representative narratives on the module -- maritime travel writing, historiography, adventure narrative, submarine science fiction -- will be studied in different non-ML University classrooms e.g. MUSA, Gatty to contextualise students' investigations of particular issues, themes, topics, representations etc. concerning the sea covered in the module. Spearheaded by the course texts/contexts, students undertake an investigative project developing an aspect of 'sea writing' and its importance.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for French

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

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1 x 90-minute workshop seminar and 1 surgery hour (x 11 weeks)
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 21
  • Guided independent study:

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 0%
  • Practical examinations: 0%
  • Coursework: 100%
UG As used by St Andrews:Coursework = 100%
UG Re-assessment:Coursework =100%


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