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Unit information: French Drama in 2019/20

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Unit name French Drama
Unit code FREN20026
Credit points 20
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Clare Siviter
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of French
Faculty Faculty of Arts


This unit traces the development of French drama from the 17th-century to the present day. The texts are viewed on video and studied by seminars and practical workshops.


  • To introduce students to a significant body of knowledge of a complexity appropriate to second year level. The content matter will normally include one or more of the following: literature; social, cultural or political history; linguistics; cultural studies; film, television or other media.
  • To facilitate students’ engagement with a body of literature, including secondary literature, texts, including in non-print media, primary sources and ideas as a basis for their own analysis and development. Normally many or most of these sources will be in a language other than English and will enhance the development of their linguistic skills.
  • To develop further skills of synthesis, analysis and independent research, building on the skills acquired in units at level C.
  • Some options may prepare students for the experience of the Year Abroad.

Intended learning outcomes

Successful students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a significant cultural and historical aspect of French studies;
  2. demonstrate skill in the selection and synthesis of relevant material;
  3. evaluate and analyse relevant material from a significant body of source materials, in both French and English, at a high level;
  4. respond to questions or problems by presenting their independent judgements in an appropriate style, orally and in writing, and at a standard appropriate to level I.

Teaching details

One weekly Lecture.
One weekly Seminar.

Assessment Details

  • adaptation project: group presentation for a group mark (20%), Individual portfolio (20%)
  • 2000 word essay (60%)

Both assessments test ILOs 1-4.

Reading and References

Corneille, Le Cid (1636, 1648, and 1660)

Molière, Tartuffe

Voltaire, Mahomet

Hugo, Lucrèce Borgia

Jarry, Ubu Roi

Duras, La Musica Deuxième