Contemporary French literature Part 2

Ref: C2422816

The course will focus on contemporary French literature, with particular emphasis on the question of French identity in a changing landscape of society. We shall further explore issues of gender, politics, colonialism, neo-colonialism, provincialism and sexuality.

Course aim

This course will explore recent French literature and will examine novels, short stories and poetry.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • You will be able to outline the changing society in France in terms of ethnicity, gender and sexual politics.
  • You will be able to describe the philosophical thought between Colonialism and Neo-Colonialism.
  • You will be in a position to discuss the contribution of new voices from non-traditional French backgrounds to French literature.
  • You will be capable of assessing the contribution literature in France makes to the political situation.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Pre-reading of the following texts is beneficial: Submission - Michel Houellebecq. Chanson Douce ( Lullaby in English) - Leila Slimani. Babylon - Yasmina Reza. No and Me - Dephine de Vigan. Selected Poetry and Short Stories will also be studied and will be available on Canvas.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Contemporary French literature Part 2


This course is funded by the Greater London Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

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