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PL30660: French national option F19: Les identit├ęs qui voyagent: Les cultures postcoloniales dans les arts et les lettres

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2013/4
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment: CW 33%, ES 67%
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:

* To examine two-way travel between France and abroad, paying particular attention to depictions of the 'other' in a range of travel narratives, both literary and artistic, which span the twentieth century.
* To provide an introduction to the contexts and terms of postcolonial studies.
* To explore the relationship between France and former colonial territories through the study of a wide variety of genres, both visual and verbal. The unit will be taught in French.

Learning Outcomes:
A student who completes the unit will be able to:
* demonstrate understanding of the contexts and terms of postcolonial studies.
* engage in comparative analysis of interdisciplinary production.
* show knowledge of the complexity, and the interconnectedness, of postcolonial French and wider francophone identities.

Skills:
Critical analysis, conceptual thinking, precision in the use of written and spoken language, exercise of independent judgement, reasoned argument, teamwork and the planning/ conduct/ reporting of non-quantitative research are taught in this unit. Skills in effective learning and language are also developed.

Content:
Edward W. Said's Orientalism (1978) will be used as a theoretical starting point to underpin readings of various texts, both visual and verbal. Historical background will be provided by examining extracts of colonial travel writing, painting and poster art. Various authors' interaction with the exotic 'other' in texts, such as Henri Michaux's Ecuador (1929) and Un Barbare en Asie (1933), will be explored to highlight complex issues of colonialist exoticist stereotypes. The second half of this course will concentrate on the relationship between France and former colonial territories through representative texts, such as L'Étranger (1942) and Le premier homme (published posthumously 1994) by Albert Camus. It will focus equally on works which provide a counterpoint to such representations, such as Azouz Begag's Le gone du Chaâba (1986) and Ahmed de Bourgogne (2001). The works of contemporary visual artists, such as Zineb Sedira, will also be explored.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PL30660 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department of Politics, Languages and International Studies
  • UHPL-AYB13 : BA (hons) French and Politics (Full-time with Year Abroad) - Year 4
  • UHPL-AYB08 : BA (hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (French and ab initio Italian) (Full-time with Year Abroad) - Year 4
  • UHPL-AYB09 : BA (hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (French and ab initio Russian) (Full-time with Year Abroad) - Year 4
  • UHPL-AYB05 : BA (hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (French and German) (Full-time with Year Abroad) - Year 4
  • UHPL-AYB04 : BA (hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (French and Italian) (Full-time with Year Abroad) - Year 4
  • UHPL-AYB18 : BA (hons) Modern Languages and European Studies (French and Spanish) (Full-time with Year Abroad) - Year 4
  • UXXX-AYB05 : BSc (hons) International Management and Modern Languages (French) (Full-time with Year Abroad) - Year 4

Notes:
* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2013/4 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2014/15 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2013/14.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.