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FR4127   Nineteenth-Century French Narratives of the Sea

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

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.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Permission of the Honours Advisor

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 x 90-minute workshop seminar and 1 surgery hour (x 11 weeks)

Scheduled learning hours: 21

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 100%

Re-assessment: Coursework =100%


Module teaching staff: Prof M Orr