FR40070 L'écriture migrante dans le monde francophone contemporain

Academic Year 2021/2022

European imperialism and other forces of globalization have had profound effects on the way many, if not most, contemporary writers work. This course will examine three texts that bear witness in French to the richness and to the complexities faced and explored by writers whose identities or affiliations are more complex, more complicated and more mixed than singular, and whose sense of belonging is more uncertain and questioning than fixed or secure. Our reading of these texts will allow us to explore the losses and gains of migration and of translingual or transcultural mobility.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module students should be able to: discuss the concepts of francophone literature and of postcolonial writing in relation to the work of contemporary authors of various, multiple, or uncertain cultural affiliations, for example Caribbean, French, Canadian, or Tunisian; situate the importance of displacement and migration in relation to the contemporary (postcolonial) articulation of cultural difference and identity; analyse how contemporary prose forms in French, especially (auto-fictional) narratives, address or negotiate issues of selfhood and identity, place, displacement and belonging. They should also be able to reflect on the value of writing in the contemporary world.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Seminar (or Webinar)


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Weekly seminar work: discussions focus on the set primary texts and on related critical reading. Student participation is to the fore. Informal student presentations prepare the ground for formal presentation exercises. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

BA or equivalent.
An ability to read and speak French to a high standard. Texts and seminar work in French.

Learning Recommendations:

Study of literature at undergraduate level

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: Extended essay on course content Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Presentation: Presentations on course content Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring No
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

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Informal oral feedback on presentations. Meeting to discuss essay plan prior to writing. Individual feedback (written) on extended essay, post-assessment.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Seminar Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Tues 11:00 - 12:50