FR2SCR-French Literature Onscreen

Module Provider: Modern Languages
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Spring / Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites: Part 1 French or equivalent
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Prof Catherine Léglu


Summary module description:
An introduction to the study of the adaptation of selected French literary works into film. Films studied are in French as well as in other languages.

This module introduces students to the critical study of the adaptation of classic works of French literature onscreen. Far from viewing a film version as a more or less faithful substitute for the written text, the module encourages a comparative and analytical approach, considering cultural translation as well as the technical constraints of putting a text into a visual medium.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module students will be expected to be able to:
-approach the film version of a literary text as an interpretation of that text
-compare different film versions in the light of their specific cultural, generic and technical contexts
-show awareness of and critical engagement with relevant secondary materials
-draw relevant comparisons and contrasts between the different works studied
-form and articulate individual critical responses to literary and film works
-engage critically with the ideas presented in lectures, seminars, or secondary materials
-organise and articulate a coherent written argument in a coursework essay and under examination conditions
-analyse and write commentaries on literary texts as well as on visual sequences.

Additional outcomes:
Students will develop awareness of comparative approaches to the analysis of literature and film; close reading of texts in the original language; cultural and historical factors influencing literary production, and the production and reception of cinema.

Outline content:

Global context:
The module allows students of French to develop both their literary studies and their study of film.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module is taught by a combination of lectures and student-led seminars, and includes film viewings. The module is assessed by coursework only. These are a worksheet, a commentary to be handed in at the start of Summer term, and a ‘take home’ essay written over 24 hours at the start of Summer term.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 10
Seminars 10
Tutorials 2
Guided independent study 120 58
Total hours by term 140.00 60.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 40
Report 20
Set exercise 40

Other information on summative assessment:
Assessment is in three parts.

Students will write:
[1] one 1,200 word worksheet completed during the Spring term (20%)
[2] one 2,500 word essay to be handed in on the Tuesday of the first week of the Summer term (40%)
[3] one 'take home' (24 hour completion) essay to be completed in the Summer Term (40%)

Formative assessment methods:
Class discussions and non-assessed presentations, including short written assignments.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:
    Not applicable

    Requirements for a pass:

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Re-examination in August in case of failure in this module and in Part 2 as a whole. Coursework must be resubmitted by 1PM on the third Friday of August or, if the University is closed on the third Friday of August, at 1PM on the next working day thereafter.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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