Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


TITLE La dissertation et le Commentaire composé

LEVEL 01 - Year 1 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION The study-unit is composed of short presentations of major French authors with a study of a specific text. It will give students the opportunity to read an important number of French canonical texts from the 16th century to today. Students will become acquainted with the authors of French literature.

Study-Unit Aims:

The aims for this study-unit is :

For the Dissertation

- To introduce students to the aims and workings of a literary dissertation;
- To familiarise them with the vocabulary used in literary analysis;
- To familiarise them with the reading and analysis of dissertation subjects relating to genres and essential problems of literature;
- To enable them to write a literary dissertation.

For the Commentaire Composé

- To introduce students to the aims and workings of the commentaire composé;
- To familiarise them with the vocabulary used in literary analysis and with the reading and analysis of literary texts of different genres;
- To give them the necessary tools for them to be able to make a literary appreciation;
- To make them aware of the most important literary genres.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Identify the different meanings of a statement;
- Extract the main arguments of a text and draw up a plan;
- Identify the various literary processes used by the author of a text.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- Situate a particular author or literary movement;
- Discuss what made the authors write certain works;
- Comment on a literary text;
- Extract the main argument, propose a plan and draw up a reasoned commentary illustrated by precise examples.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Texts:

- COLLECTIF, Ceci n’est pas un conte et autres contes excentriques du XVIIIe siècle, Paris, Magnard, «Classiques & contemporains». Édition établie par Dominique Lanni, 2009.
- FLAUBERT, Gustave, Un Cœur simple, Paris, Gallimard, « La Bibliothèque Gallimard ». Édition établie par Juliette de Dieuleveut, 2000.
- GARY, Romain, Vie et mort d’Emile Ajar, Paris, Gallimard, 1981.
- ROUMAIN, Jacques, La Montagne ensorcelée, Caen, Passage(s), 2010, "Classiques francophones".
- SYLVESTRE, Olivier, La Loi de la gravité, Caen, Passage(s), 2017, "Libres courts au Tarmac".

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Qualifications: Grade C or better at A Level in French


Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Presentation (20 Minutes) SEM1 No 20%
Examination (1 Hour) SEM1 Yes 80%

LECTURER/S Dominique Jean Lanni

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