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

Academic year(s): 2019-2020

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 15

ECTS credits : 7

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 2

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

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 DeuxiÌme 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.

Relationship to other modules

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

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 1-hour lecture, 1-hour seminar and 1 surgery hour.

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

Re-assessment: Coursework = 100%


Module coordinator: Dr K E Jones
Module teaching staff: Dr K Jones