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FR4161   Antillean Identities

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: 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.

Relationship to other modules

Pre-requisite(s): Before taking this module you must take FR2202 or pass FR2022 or pass FR2032

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1 lecture (x 10 weeks), 1 seminar (x 9 weeks) and 1 optional surgery hour

Scheduled learning hours: 19

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: 2-hour Written Examination = 50%, Coursework (presentation) = 10%, Coursework (essay) = 40%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 50%
Practical examinations : 10%
Coursework: 40%

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


Module teaching staff: Prof N Hitchcott