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FR4176 Recent Women's Writing in French: Theory and Practice

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

What does it mean to write as a woman? What does it mean to write as a particular woman in a specific place, at a specific time? What, if anything, does the term 'women's writing' actually mean, and do we still need it? This module introduces students to some of the most important approaches to French feminist theory and literary studies since the publication of Simone de Beauvoir's Le Deuxième sexe in 1949. It then goes on to consider four novels by women writers publishing between the 1970s and the present, asking to what extent they can be read in terms of feminist theory, and how their representation of the social, cultural and artistic position of being a woman and a writer changes with the times.

Place in programme(s) and relationship to other modules


Optional for all MA degrees involving French

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

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact:1-hour lecture, 1-hour seminar and 1 surgery hour.
Total module hours:
  • Scheduled learning: 16
  • Guided independent study: 134

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:Dr K Jones
Module teaching staff:Dr K Jones