Level of Study
Place of Instruction
Objectives and Content
The course will give an introduction to French literature and literary history from the seventeenth century to our time. The purpose is to develop the students' ability to read and interpret literary texts through practice in literary analysis and knowledge of the periods and authors. When studying the texts, the attention will be on the literary and linguistic tools and how the texts are tied to French and Francophone culture.
After completing the course the candidates will
- have gained knowledge of the texts on the reading list and their cultural context
- have gained knowledge of the main lines in French literary history from the seventeenth century to our time
- know some central literary techniques and their use in narratives, drama and poetry
- be able to explain in French thematic and formal aspects of the texts on the reading list
- be able to use the knowledge they have gained in independent analyses and discussions of the texts on the reading list
- be able to further develop their knowledge and competence, as well as the understanding of French literature, through further study
Required Previous Knowledge
Recommended Previous Knowledge
To complete the course with good results a level of French corresponding to at least level 2 from Upper Secondary School is required.
Access to the Course
The course is open to all with admission to the University of Bergen.
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures, classes devoted to working on assignments, supervision tied to the compulsory assignment, as well as an introduction to using a computer-based educational program for independent study. In addition to the ordinary lectures, movies will be shown every week.
Up to 8 hours of teaching per week for 8 weeks.
At the beginning of the semester intensive teaching in the course will be given for 2 weeks, followed by a break in the teaching at the same time as the course FRAN115 conducts a study trip to France for 7 weeks, then teaching resumes for another 6 weeks until the exam.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Students are required to attend a minimum of 75% of the lectures in order to attend the examination in the course.
In connection with the teaching, students will write a compulsory assignment in French (about 1500 words). The assignment is handed out a few weeks after the beginning of the semester, and will be due 8-10 weeks later. The dates will be announced in connection with the lectures and on the bulletin board/internet. The assignment must be approved before one can take the exam.
Forms of Assessment
The exam is a 6-hour written test with questions related to literary analysis or about literary problems. You must answer in French. The examination can be conducted digitally. The students can use monolingual (French-French) dictionaries approved by the Department.
The grading scale A-F is used, where F is a fail.
a) Literary texts
The curriculum is compulsory and contains the following:
- The seventeenth century: 1 work
- The eighteenth century: 1 work
- The nineteenth century: 1 novel, 2 short stories
- The twentieth century: 4 novels, 3 short stories.
Additionally: 20 pages of poetry from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
In the curriculum outline available online there is information regarding which texts are included in the curriculum at any time.
b) History of literature
The student will read a short outline of French history of literature from the seventeenth to the twentieth century. They should also become more familiar with the authors available through the curriculum. Material on the various authors can be found in histories of literature, encyclopedias and commentaries to the works on the reading list.
The teaching is evaluated according to the quality assurance system of the University of Bergen.
For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam. The exam location will be published 14 days prior to the exam.
Type of assessment: Written examination
- 03.12.2018, 09:00
- 6 hours
- Withdrawal deadline
- Examination system
- Digital exam