Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE FRE2026

 
TITLE Une littérature française de Malte/ A French Literature of Malta

 
LEVEL 02 - Years 2, 3 in Modular Undergraduate Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 4

 
DEPARTMENT French

 
DESCRIPTION Cette unité d'enseignement propose aux étudiants une introduction au patrimoine littéraire maltais qui se trouve à la Bibliothèque nationale de Malte, consistant de manuscrits et imprimés écrits par des chevaliers français de l'Ordre de Saint-Jean. Il s'agit d'ouvrages traitant des thèmes très variés, cependant, cette unité d'enseignement propose aux étudiants une étude approfondie de deux auteurs particuliers dont les ouvrages ont été publiés récemment: une comédie où l'influence de Molière et des dramaturges contemporains est très évidente, et un journal qui traite de la vie à Malte au dix-huitième siècle.

This study-unit introduces students to a literary Maltese heritage of manuscripts and printed works in French, written by French Knights of Malta in the eighteenth century, existing in the National Library of Malta. These are works covering a wide spectrum of subjects, however, this study-unit proposes a deeper study of two particular authors whose works have been published recently, namely, a comedy influenced by the French seventeenth and eighteenth century dramatists and a diary that reflects life in Malta in the last quarter of the eighteenth century.

Study-Unit Aims:

-To raise the student's awareness of the cultural heritage represented by writings in French of the Knights of St John in the National Library of Malta, thereby arousing their interest in the works under study and eventually in other writings in French by other members of the Order of St John;
- To bring to light the fact that French Knights were not cut off from intellectual and literary activity carried on in their homeland;
- To discover through Fassion de Sainte-Jay’s comedy, the way of life in Valletta of some Knights of Malta and through Abbé Boyer’s diary, life in Malta in general, during the last years of the rule of the Knights;
- To give students the opportunity to consult the manuscripts at the National Library of Malta and familiarize themselves with the orthography, grammar and expressions in use in Malta by the French Knights, and this with the aim of enabling them to draw a comparison between these texts and those of contemporary French authors.

Learning outcomes:

- The student will appreciate the original 18th century French texts of the National Library of Malta;
- The student will be able to make a comparative study of Fassion de Sainte-Jay’s comedy and other plays he is familiar with through his study of French literature;
- The student will be able to make a critical analysis of these texts, especially as far as the style of these authors was influenced by their readings of French authors with whom the learners are familiar;
- The students will be able to assess the extent to which these writings were influenced by the Enlightenment;
- The student will be able to analyze and interpret the main texts, particularly from a sociological and cultural point of view, through the application of stylistic and linguistic literary theories;
- The student will be exposed to the literary heritage of the National Library of Malta;
- The student will acquire a specialized knowledge of the playwright Knight Joseph Fassion de Sainte-Jay who ably adapts situations common to the 17th and contemporary French drama to the local situation;
- The student will also discover the life and wanderings of Abbé Boyer and his very interesting diary of events taking place in Malta in 1738 and from 1774 to 1777.

Bibliography:

- Blondy, A., Des Nouvelles de Malte : Correspondance de M. l’abbé Boyer (1738-1777). Presses Interuniversitaires européennes, Bruxelles, 2004.
- Fassion de Sainte-Jay, J., Le Commandeur dans sa famille. éd C. Depasquale, Malte : Agenda, 2005.
- Depasquale, C., La Vie intellectuelle et culturelle des chevaliers français à Malte au XVIIIe siècle, Malta University Press, Malte, 2010.
- "Une littérature d’institution: la production française de l’Ordre de Malte au XVIIIe siècle”, Travaux de littérature XIX, L’Écrivain et ses institutions, Droz, Genève, 2006, p. 217-236.
- "Les Lumières dans l'île des chevaliers", in Le Livre du monde et le monde des livres, Presses universitaires de Paris-Sorbonne, dir. G. Ferreyrolles, L. Versini, 2012, p.441-453.

 
RULES/CONDITIONS In TAKING THIS UNIT YOU CANNOT TAKE FRE2126 OR TAKE FRE2226

 
ADDITIONAL NOTES Les étudiants inscrits ailleurs désirant suivre la deuxième partie de cette unité d’enseignement peuvent le faire après autorisation du professeur. Ils s’inscriront comme suit :

-FRE 2126
-FRE 2226


Pre-requisite Qualification: Grade C or better at Matsec Advanced Level in French.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture

 
METHOD OF ASSESSMENT
Assessment Component/s Assessment Due Resit Availability Weighting
Examination (2 Hours) SEM1 Yes 100%

 
LECTURER/S

 
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