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Undergraduate course

French Literary Analysis

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterAutumn
  • Course codeFRAN623
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageFrench
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ECTS Credits

The course has a credit value of 10.

Level of Study


Teaching semester


Place of Instruction

Online course which takes place on the learning platform MittUiB and ZOOM. This course is also offered as an on-campus course: FRAN123

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 devices, but also to how the texts are linked to French and Francophone 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 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

No formal requirements, but all teaching is conducted in French and presupposes a good level of French.

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.

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap

Due to certain academic overlaps, the credits awarded for taking FRAN623 are reduced by 10 ECTS if the course is combined with FRAN123, and by 5 ECTS if combined with FRAN105, FRAN106 or FRAN102.

Access to the Course

The course is open to all students admitted through UiB Vidare.

Teaching and learning methods

Before the teaching starts, the students have access to preparation material on the learning platform MittUiB. The material may include e.g. introduction videos, videotaped lectures, notes, assignments and a discussion forum. The teaching is conducted on ZOOM and presupposes that the students have worked actively with the preparation material. The teaching session is used to elaborate the videotaped lecture and for literary analysis. In addition to the regular teaching, film screenings will be offered.

Provided that there are sufficient resources available, assignment seminars will be organized.

If less than five students sign up for the course, the teaching may be adjusted to fit the number of students, e.g. by replacing lectures with seminars or other forms of individually suited teaching. If this should occur, students will be notified about the alternative teaching arrangements before the registration deadline.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

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

In addition to attending the teaching sessions, the students must write a compulsory assignment in French (approx. 1000 words). Guidance is offered during the preparation of the assignment, and students are encouraged to collaborate. The assignment will be distributed in the beginning of the course, and its submission will be due six weeks later. The dates will be made known in connection with the teaching and by online announcement. The assignment must be approved before one takes the exam.

The compulsory assignment is valid for two additional semesters following the semester of submission.

Forms of Assessment

The final assessment is a four-hour written exam in literary analysis or concerning topics of literary studies, to be written in French, and usually conducted digitally.

Examination Support Material

All aids are permitted during the exam, provided a correct use of sources. It is assumed that the submitted work is the student¿s own. UiB uses OURIGINAL for electronic plagiarism control of student examination papers. Students are advised against using translation programmes.

Grading Scale

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

Assessment Semester

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

Reading List

Compulsory reading:

A selection of texts from the 17th century to the 21st century.

Background material:

Students are expected advance their knowledge of French literary history from the 17th to the 21th 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 June.

Course Evaluation

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


Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Written examination at home

    Assignment handed out
    10.03.2023, 09:00
    Submission deadline
    10.03.2023, 13:00
    Withdrawal deadline
    Examination system
    Digital exam