Literature for Francophiles

  • Level 5
  • 20 credits

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Start date 5 October 2017
Duration 20 weekly meetings
Days and times Thursdays from 14:00 to 16:00
Tutor Hamid Sahki
Course code FRE17A3534A
Fee £330.00
Concessionary fee £264.00 (find out about eligibility and funding options)

Although this course has started there may still be places available. Get in touch to find out more about late availability.

This literature course is entirely delivered in French.

This year, three books will be studied through discussions and written assignments: This year, the following authors will be studied in this course:

  • Irène Némirovsky
  • Marcel Aymé
  • Philippe Delerm.

In this course, you will be able to discuss a variety of themes through a close reading of the texts mentioned above. In addition to the study of plot and characterisation, the course will give you the opportunity of discovering what makes each writer unique, and provide you with some insights into their vision of the world.

You have a very good working knowledge of French and you want a stimulating course to match and stretch your abilities (a recently acquired Advanced French Stage F or equivalent).

Learning and teaching

The emphasis of the course is on participation therefore students are encouraged to actively participate in class through various forms of activities designed to stimulate communication.

Coursework and assessment

To award credits we need to have evidence of the knowledge and skills you have gained or improved. Some of this has to be in a form that can be shown to external examiners so that we can be absolutely sure that standards are met across all courses and subjects. You will not have formal examinations but you may have class tests. You may be asked to write assignments, keep a course journal or put together a portfolio. Our assessments are flexible to suit the course and the student.

The most important element of assessment is that it should enhance your learning. Our methods are designed to increase your confidence and we try very hard to devise ways of assessing you that are enjoyable and suitable for adults with busy lives.

Reading suggestions

Set texts

  • Chaleur du sang – Irène Némirovsky , Folio (2008), ISBN-13: 978-2070347810
  • Le Passe-muraille – Marcel Aymé,  Folio Junior (2009), ISBN-13: 978-207062429
  • La première gorgée de bière – Philippe Delerm Gallimard; L'ARPENTEUR. (1997), ISBN-13: 978-2070347810.

We would like you to try and read newspapers and magazines on a regular basis; in the library, we receive the following periodicals which would be most suitable for you: Ca m'interesse, Science et Vie, L'Express, Le Monde Dossiers et Documents, Le Francais dans le Monde.

You can, of course, access French periodicals via their websites.

Library and computing facilities

As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University’s library and computing facilities. Find out more about using these facilities.


Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and dyslexia screening.


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