Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies, Unit Catalogue 2011/12
|Level:||Honours (FHEQ level 6)|
|Assessment:||CW 33%, ES 67%|
|Supplementary Assessment:||Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)|
|Requisites:||Before taking this unit you must take EU20009|
The unit is for those who wish to familiarize themselves with some of the classic comedies which have become central to French cultural consciousness and are still guaranteed to evoke an appropriate response in theatres today. The texts carry messages of social and political significance which must be evaluated, but it is essential for participants in the unit to be able to question them also as examples of French humour. Thus, the texts will be read critically and analytically to enable an apprehension of the social, political, and historical background seen within and through the context of the aesthetic and dramaturgical imperatives that informed the period under review. The approach will be thematic and structural rather than biographical or stylistic, and examples of universal applicability will be sought, e.g., Marivaux's insights into human sentiment, Beaumarchais's sardonic vision of political authority, and Molière's readiness to send up vacuous linguistic pomposity.
Familiarity with some of the classic comedies which have become central to French cultural consciousness and are still guaranteed to evoke an appropriate response in theatres today.
Skills in critical analysis, conceptual thinking, precision in the use of written and spoken language, exercise of independent judgement, reasoned argument and the planning/conduct/reporting of non-quantitative research are taught and assessed in this unit.
Molère, L'Avare and Le Malade imaginaire.
Marivaux, Le Jeu de l'amour et du hasard and Les Fausses Confidences.
Beaumarchais, Le Barbier de Séville and Le Mariage de Figaro.
PL30019 is Optional on the following programmes:Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies