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FR4161 Antillean Identities

SCOTCAT credits:15
Academic year(s):2017/8
SCQF Level 10
Planned timetable:Mon and Wed - time TBC

What does it mean to be French and Caribbean? This module discusses literature from the French overseas departments of Martinique and Guadeloupe (the Antilles), islands which today have the same status in France as, for example, Calvados or Loire Atlantique, but whose majority population is descended from African slaves. Former colonies of France, the Antilles became overseas departments after World War Two. The historical experiences of slavery and colonisation have had a lasting effect on identity politics in Martinique and Guadeloupe: how do Antilleans identify themselves when their ancestors were slaves transported from Africa? How can they express their identity when the official language of the islands is the former colonial language of French? Through analysis of a range of French Caribbean texts, this module will introduce students to different ways of thinking about Antillean identity.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for French

UG Pre-requisite(s):FR2201 and FR2202

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1 lecture (x 10 weeks), 1 seminar (x 9 weeks) and 1 optional surgery hour
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 19
  • Guided independent study:

Assessment pattern

UG As defined by QAA:
  • Written examinations: 50%
  • Practical examinations: 10%
  • Coursework: 40%
UG As used by St Andrews:2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework (presentation) = 10%, Coursework (essay) = 40%
UG Re-assessment:3-hour Written Examination = 100%


Module coordinator:Prof N Hitchcott
Module teaching staff:Prof N Hitchcott