FR10120 Reading Short French Texts: Literary Analysis

Academic Year 2020/2021

This is a level-one module in French Literature, which focuses on short genres, namely fables and poems. It concentrates on the skills of close critical reading, and develops those skills through the analysis of texts from the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries.

Teaching takes place at a weekly lecture and a weekly seminar. It is essential that students attend both weekly sessions, as the seminar hour aims to apply, in small groups, the knowledge and skills conveyed to the class as a whole during the lecture hour.

Full attendance at both classes is obligatory in order to succeed in this module. The lectures will communicate vital ideas and information and the seminars will be highly interactive and will require active participation.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, students should be able to understand, describe, analyse, and discuss the form, meaning and contexts of a number of important short literary texts in French. They should be able to demonstrate their active development of these skills orally in their weekly seminars and in their completion of the assessments for the module.

Indicative Module Content:

(i) La Fontaine's *Fables*
(ii) 19th-century Post-Romantic French Poetry (Baudelaire and Verlaine)

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Small Group


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures; seminar discussions; group work; reflective learning; supported autonomous learning. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Analytical questions on a Fable. Week 5 n/a Graded No


Assignment: Analytical questions on the genres studied on the programme - fables and poems. Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Attendance: Active participation in all scheduled classes is essential and student engagement will be encouraged, supported, and carefully monitored. Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 2 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Feedback provided individually in tutor's written comments on returned assignment submitted in Week 5 and also globally in lectures, particularly in the final lecture, prior to the completion of the final assignment.

Name Role
Ms Charlotte Berkery Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Michael Brophy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Mary Gallagher Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Assoc Professor Emer O'Beirne Lecturer / Co-Lecturer