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Undergraduate course

French Literary Analysis

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeFRAN123
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageFrench
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Level of Study


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Objectives and Content

The course deals with a selection of key literary texts from the 17th century to the present day. The chief objective is to develop the students¿ ability to read and interpret fictional texts, especially by practicing literary analysis, but also on the basis of knowledge of literary theory, relevant periods and authors.

When studying the texts, special attention is given to salient literary and linguistic writing techniques, but also to how the texts are linked to French and French diaspora culture.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing the course, the student is expected to:


  • have knowledge of relevant literary theory, and about some central literary techniques and their use in narrative, dramatic and lyrical texts
  • be able to explain the thematic and formal aspects of the syllabus texts in French
  • be able to place the texts in relation to the major trends in French literary history


  • be able to make use of the knowledge acquired in independent analyses and discussions of the texts

General competence

  • possess a general reading competence and master textual interpretation, which may also come to use in further pursuits within literary studies

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge

Proficiency in French at least equivalent to advanced French in high-school/upper secondary school, is a prerequisite in order to obtain a good result in this course.

Students are advised to complete FRAN122 before taking FRAN123.

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

Due to certain academic overlaps, the credits awarded for taking FRAN123 are reduced by 10 ECTS if the course is combined FRAN102, and by 5 ECTS if combined with FRAN105, FRAN106, or FRANSK622.

Access to the Course

The course is open to all students admitted to the University of Bergen.

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, colloquia, supervision in connection with the compulsory exercise assignment, and a brief introduction to the self-study computer-based learning program. In addition to ordinary teaching, there will be film screenings.

About 4 to 6 hours of teaching per week in 8 weeks.

At the start of the semester, there will be intensive teaching for about two weeks, whereupon a teaching break follows as the subject FRAN124 offers a seven-week study trip to France, after which the teaching recommences for six weeks leading up to the exam.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Students must attend at least 75 % of the lectures in order to be eligible to take the final exam.

In addition to attending the teaching sessions, the students must write a compulsory exercise assignment in French (approx. 1000 words). The assignment will be distributed right at start of the semester, and its submission will be due 8-10 weeks later. The dates will be made known in connection with the teaching and as well as being posted online.

Forms of Assessment

In the spring semester 2021, the form of assessment has been changed from school exam to a 5-hour written examination from home, in literary analysis or concerning questions in literature, as a measure to prevent transmission of the corona virus. To be written in French.

Examination Support Material

All aids/support materials are allowed during the take-home exam.

Grading Scale

The grading scale is A-F, where F is a fail.

Assessment Semester

Fall. Students with valid approvals on their mandatory assignments may also be assessed early in the spring semester.

Reading List

A selection of works from the 17th century to the 21st century: 

A selection of older and newer poetry.

Background material:

Students are expected advance their knowledge of French literary history from the 17th to the 20th century. Material on the individual authors may be found e.g. in literary histories, encyclopedias and annotations to the works on the curriculum.

In connection with teaching, the students receive suggestions for supplementary reading in literary theory.

The reading list will be made available by 1 Jun for the fall semester, and 1 Dec for the spring semester.

Course Evaluation

Evaluation of the course is carried out in accordance with the University of Bergen quality assurance system.

Programme Committee

The program committee is responsible for the academic content and structure of the study program, and for the quality of all the subjects therein.

Course Coordinator

The Program Board for French Studies

Course Administrator

The Department of Foreign Languages at the Faculty of Humanities has the administrative responsibility for the course and the study program.


Student councilor: studierettleiar@if.uib.no
Exam administration: eksamen@if.uib.no

Exam information

  • 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.

  • Type of assessment: Written examination

    04.03.2021, 09:00
    5 hours
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam