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BA French and English Literature

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Year 1 Modules

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • QXE-1013: Reading, Thinking, Writing (20)
    The course will include analytical reading of drama, prose, poetry and film in English from the medieval period to the present era; an introduction to critical and theoretical approaches to the reading of literature; integration of close textual study and critical/theoretical approaches, as the foundation for all other modules in the School; practical development of skills of literary commentary, essay writing, and critical discussion.

40 credits from:

  • LZF-1001: Advanced French 1 (20) (Semester 1 + 2) Core
    This module has been designed in order to enable post 'A' level students to develop written communicative skills in French by extending linguistic competence acquired at 'A' level. It comprises a text-based class in which students have the opportunity to develop translation skills and paraphrasing techniques. Students also have the opportunity to revise and consolidate key areas of grammar in a second class which constitutes the grammatical spine of the module. The texts used in this module are chosen from a range of sources including the media and literary works in order to familiarise students with variations in tone and register. A thematic approach is used in the text-based class in order to enable students to gain an insight into particular French themes and issues while developing the various written communicative skills outlined. Key texts We use the following as a course book: Simone Renaud and Dominique van Hooff. En Bonne Forme (8th edition) (New York: John Wiley and Sons, 2008) We also recommend the students purchase the following: - A large bilingual dictionary, such as the latest edition of the Collins-Robert or the Oxford-Hachette. - A large monolingual dictionary, such as the latest edition of Le Petit Robert. - A detailed French grammar reference book to complement the course book. We recommend the latest edition of Hawkins and Towell’s French Grammar and Usage or Glanville Price’s A Comprehensive French Grammar. Although it is somewhat briefer than the two previous books, we also suggest that Ferrat’s A French Reference Grammar is suitable for first year purposes.”
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    LCF-1001: Sgiliau Iaith Ffrangeg (20) (Semester 1 + 2) Core
    Yn yr wythnosau cyntaf, byddwn yn cadarnhau 'blociau adeiladu' yr iaith ysgrifenedig (rhannau ymadrodd, cenedl enwau, cytundeb gramadegol ayyb), yn ogystal â chyflwyno'r prif werslyfr. Wedyn, bydd y dosbarthiadau'n cael eu rhannu rhwng cyflwyno iaith o "En bonne forme", darllen a thrafod testunau mewn Ffrangeg, ac adborth ar yr aseiniadau hynny y rhoddir marc iddynt. Byddwch yn cael rhaglen o flaen llaw sy'n nodi'r gwaith darllen a'r aseiniadau sydd i'w gwneud yn yr wythnosau i ddod. Trwy'r flwyddyn bydd cyfres o ymarferion i'w gwneud ar gyfrifiadur yn y Ganolfan Ieithoedd; dylai hynny olygu rhyw awr o waith yr wythnos. Key texts We use the following as a course book: Simone Renaud and Dominique van Hooff. En Bonne Forme (8th edition) (New York: John Wiley and Sons, 2008) We also recommend the students purchase the following: - A large bilingual dictionary, such as the latest edition of the Collins-Robert or the Oxford-Hachette. - A large monolingual dictionary, such as the latest edition of Le Petit Robert. - A detailed French grammar reference book to complement the course book. We recommend the latest edition of Hawkins and Towell’s French Grammar and Usage or Glanville Price’s A Comprehensive French Grammar. Although it is somewhat briefer than the two previous books, we also suggest that Ferrat’s A French Reference Grammar is suitable for first year purposes. Any other learning resources Students are required to complete grammar exercises on a programme called Lingu.
  • LZF-1002: French Communication Skills (20) (Semester 1 + 2) Core
    This topic-based module complements LZF1001 by developing proficiency in spoken French acquired at 'A' level. A range of audio and visual aids is used in each class in order to stimulate group discussions, debates and individual presentations on a particular theme. Aural skills are also developed through audio and video comprehension exercises. The purpose of this module is to enable students to defend themselves orally in a range of topics relating to contemporary French and Francophone life and society and to improve comprehension of different French accents. Key texts This module involves oral comprehension classes and conversation classes. At the start of each semester, students are given a course booklet containing the questions for the listening comprehension exercises, general module information, and lists of websites that they can use in order to watch French television and listen to French radio. We also recommend the students purchase the following: - A large bilingual dictionary, such as the latest edition of the Collins-Robert or the Oxford-Hachette. - A large monolingual dictionary, such as the latest edition of Le Petit Robert. - A detailed French grammar reference book to complement the course book. We recommend the latest edition of Hawkins and Towell’s French Grammar and Usage or Glanville Price’s A Comprehensive French Grammar. Although it is somewhat briefer than the two previous books, we also suggest that Ferrat’s A French Reference Grammar is suitable for first year purposes. Webpages: Students are expected to be regularly keeping up-to-date with new stories in France via websites such as the following: www.lemonde.fr www.liberation.fr www.figaro.fr French television news programmes - Daily 8am, 1pm and 8pm national news bulletins from France 2: http://jt.france2.fr - Regional and local news bulletins from France 3 (also available as podcasts): http://jt.france3.fr/ - International news bulletins and short docu-films from TV5: www.tv5.org - iTélé: http://www.itele.fr/ - BFM TV : http://www.bfmtv.fr/ French radio stations - Europe 1 (news and discussion): http://www.europe1.fr/ - France Info (news): http://www.radiofrance.fr/chaines/france-info/accueil/ - France Inter (news): http://www.radiofrance.fr/franceinter/accueil/ - France Culture (news and culture, bit like BBC Radio 4): http://www.radiofrance.fr/chaines/france-culture2/sommaire/ - Radio France Internationale (international news): http://www.rfi.fr/
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    LCF-1002: Sgiliau Cyfathrebu Ffrangeg (20) (Semester 1 + 2) Core
    Mae'r modiwl hwn yn mynd law yn llaw â LCF1001, ac mae'n canolbwyntio ar sgiliau llafar a gwrando'r myfyrwyr. Yn ogystal â dosbarthiadau sgwrsio traddodiadol a gwaith yn seiliedig ar arddweud, mae pytiau o deledu Ffrangeg yn cyflwyno'r myfyrwyr i Ffrangeg fel y caiff ei siarad go iawn heddiw gan siaradwyr brodorol o amrywiaeth o gefndiroedd. Bydd gwaith yn y Ganolfan Ieithoedd yn golygu gwrando ar ffeiliau sain a recordio eu hunain ar gyfrifiadur, a hynny dan arolygiaeth y staff er mwyn gallu rhoi adborth unigol. Nod y modiwlau iaith yw cael y myfyrwyr i gael meistrolaeth gadarn o ramadeg, a gallu defnyddio'r Ffrangeg ar lafar ac yn ysgrifenedig, gan ddod yn fwy medrus a hyderus wrth siarad ac ysgrifennu. Key texts This module involves oral comprehension classes and conversation classes. At the start of each semester, students are given a course booklet containing the questions for the listening comprehension exercises, general module information, and lists of websites that they can use in order to watch French television and listen to French radio. We also recommend the students purchase the following: - A large bilingual dictionary, such as the latest edition of the Collins-Robert or the Oxford-Hachette. - A large monolingual dictionary, such as the latest edition of Le Petit Robert. - A detailed French grammar reference book to complement the course book. We recommend the latest edition of Hawkins and Towell’s French Grammar and Usage or Glanville Price’s A Comprehensive French Grammar. Although it is somewhat briefer than the two previous books, we also suggest that Ferrat’s A French Reference Grammar is suitable for first year purposes.
  • LZF-1003: French for Beginners I (20) (Semester 1) Core
    The module is devised to suit 'ab initio' and post-GCSE students of French and focuses on the development of basic oral, aural and written communicative skills. The module involves an introduction to and [in the case of those with GCSE knowledge of the language] a revision of key areas of grammar (present and past tenses, the future and conditional tenses, nouns, adjectives, prepositions). Students will acquire general vocabulary and key expressions relating to self, family, daily routine, hobbies, likes and dislikes, in part through role-play situations. Using appropriate audio/visual aids, students will also be introduced to modern and contemporary French culture and society. Key texts: Action Grammaire! 3rd edition by Phil Turk & Geneviève García Vandaele (Hodder Education, 2006). The French Experience 1 Marie Therese Bougard, Daniele Bourdais (BBC Publications, 2003) Students are given the following advice about purchasing a dictionary: “You may be able to manage with a concise one (not a pocket dictionary), but you should consider a ‘proper’ translating dictionary such as the Collins-Robert or Oxford-Hachette, and learn to use it effectively and regularly.”
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    LCF-1003: Ffrangeg i Ddechreuwyr I (20) (Semester 1) Core
    Mae'r modiwl hwn yn addas ar gyfer dechreuwyr a myfyrwyr sydd wedi astudio Ffrangeg at TGAU. Mae'n canolbwyntio ar ddatblygu sgiliau llafar, gwrando ac ysgrifennu. Mae'r modiwl yn cynnwys cyflwyniad ac adolygu (yn achos rhai sydd eisoes wedi gwneud TGAU) y rhannau allweddol o ramadeg (yr amser presennol a'r gorffennol, y dyfodol a'r amodol, enwau, ansoddeiriau, arddodiaid). Bydd y myfyrwyr yn dysgu geirfa gyffredinol a'r ymadroddion allweddol sy'n ymwneud â'r hunan, y teulu, gweithgareddau bob-dydd, diddordebau, yr hyn maent yn ei hoffi/gasáu, a hynny yn rhannol trwy sefyllfaoedd chwarae rôl. Gan ddefnyddio'r cymhorthion sain/gweledol priodol, bydd y myfyrwyr yn cael eu cyflwyno i'r diwylliant a'r gymdeithas Ffrengig heddiw. Key texts The following textbooks are used: Action Grammaire! 3rd edition by Phil Turk & Geneviève García Vandaele (Hodder Education, 2006). The French Experience 1 Marie Therese Bougard, Daniele Bourdais (BBC Publications, 2003) Students are given the following advice about purchasing a dictionary: “You may be able to manage with a concise one (not a pocket dictionary), but you should consider a ‘proper’ translating dictionary such as the Collins-Robert or Oxford-Hachette, and learn to use it effectively and regularly.”
  • LZF-1004: French for Beginners II (20) (Semester 2) Core
    This module is aimed at all first year students who have completed French for Beginners 1. The module aims to develop the basic oral, aural and written communicative skills acquired in semester 1 in order to bring students up to and beyond a level of proficiency equivalent to 'A' level. Students apply the grammatical principles learned in semester 1 to extended pieces of writing and also focus on more complex grammatical structures. Aural communicative skills are developed through audio and video tape comprehension exercises and students are required to make individual presentations on more sophisticated topics. Key texts: Action Grammaire! 3rd edition by Phil Turk & Geneviève García Vandaele (Hodder Education, 2006). The French Experience 1 Marie Therese Bougard, Daniele Bourdais (BBC Publications, 2003) Students are given the following advice about purchasing a dictionary: “You may be able to manage with a concise one (not a pocket dictionary), but you should consider a ‘proper’ translating dictionary such as the Collins-Robert or Oxford-Hachette, and learn to use it effectively and regularly.”
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    LCF-1004: Ffrangeg i Ddechreuwyr II (20) (Semester 2) Core
    Bydd y modiwl hwn, a gynhelir yn yr ail semester, yn cynnwys pedair awr o oriau cyswllt yr wythnos. Mae wedi ei anelu at fyfyrwyr yn y flwyddyn gyntaf sydd wedi cwblhau Ffrangeg i Ddechreuwyr 1 a Myfyrwyr Canolradd 1. Nod y modiwl yw datblygu'r sgiliau sylfaenol mewn siarad, gwrando ac ysgrifennu a gafwyd yn semester 1 er mwyn dod â hwy i'r lefel hyfedredd sy'n cyfateb i Lefel A. Bydd y myfyrwyr yn defnyddio'r egwyddorion gramadeg a ddysgwyd yn semester 1 wrth ysgrifennu darnau mwy estynedig, gan ganolbwyntio ar gystrawennau mwy cymhleth (Y Goddefol, y Dibynnol a'r Gorchmynnol). O ran datblygu sgiliau llafar, bydd y myfyrwyr yn trafod mwy yn yr iaith darged. Caiff sgiliau gwrando eu datblygu hefyd trwy ymarferion tâp sain a fideo. Key texts The following textbooks are used: Action Grammaire! 3rd edition by Phil Turk & Geneviève García Vandaele (Hodder Education, 2006). The French Experience 1 Marie Therese Bougard, Daniele Bourdais (BBC Publications, 2003) Students are given the following advice about purchasing a dictionary: “You may be able to manage with a concise one (not a pocket dictionary), but you should consider a ‘proper’ translating dictionary such as the Collins-Robert or Oxford-Hachette, and learn to use it effectively and regularly.”
  • Students without A Level French take LZF-1003 and LZF-1004 Students with A Level French take LZF-1001 and LZF-1002.

Optional Modules

40 credits from:

  • QXE-1003: Intro. to Medieval Literature (20) (Semester 1)
    Introduction to Medieval Literature offers students the opportunity to study a variety of Old English literature that is evocative of the intricate decoration on the Staffordshire Anglo-Saxon hoard; riddles, Old English battle poetry and The Dream of The Rood (taught in translation). In the second part of the module students will encounter Middle English drama, romance poetry and Chaucerian verse in its original language. The transition between the Old to the Middle English period will be analysed in terms of specific themes and motifs, such as the development from pagan Germanic heroism to Christian values. Chivalry, the comic and bawdy, and piety will be the main foci in the Middle English part of the course, explored through a range of poetry, prose, drama and life writing. This module is an ideal ‘taster’ for the medieval literature modules available at levels two and three.
  • QXE-1004: The Literature of Laughter (20) (Semester 2)
    The module is organised on a chronological basis, moving from Chaucer to Monty Python and beyond, taking in on the way a selection of texts by Shakespeare, Wycherley, Pope, Swift, Austen, Dickens, Twain, as well as Kate Atkinson’s Behind the Scenes at the Museum and an anthology of comic verse. The lectures place the texts in their historical and cultural contexts, while the seminars and study groups focus on the week’s specified text for close reading and discussion. Both the lectures and the smaller groups are consistently concerned with the module’s over-riding questions about the nature of literary laughter. Concepts such as wit and satire are analysed, along with some of the recurring topics of humorous writing: religion, politics, sex and gender. The major functions of laughter – for stereotyping, for self-defence, for reform, rebellion, or release of tension – are highlighted for both their continuity and their difference in specific literary and cultural contexts.
  • QXE-1014: The Gothic in Literature/Film (20) (Semester 2)
    This introductory course focuses mainly on Gothic writing from the late eighteenth century onwards, although it begins by looking at examples of the medieval and early-modern grotesque that help to set early Gothic novels in context. Organized in a loosely chronological way, this module is particularly sensitive to the ways in which Gothic texts have been used to represent contemporary cultural anxieties (such as the New Woman in the last quarter of the nineteenth century, or New Technology in the early years of the twenty-first), but it will also examine how the Gothic has been used to articulate political resistance, for example in anti-imperialist, post-colonial, and feminist works. It will also pay particular attention to the Gothic as a visual form, both analysing the representation of Gothic spaces in eighteenth and nineteenth-century literature and art, and investigating the importance of the genre to the development of cinema, from silent-era German expressionism to the present. While the precise topics covered by the module will vary from year to year, themes will include some of the following: Terror and the Sublime; Monstrosity and Deviance; Doubles and Doppelgängers; Vampires and Sexualities; Parody and Pastiche; Domesticity and ‘The Uncanny’; Cybergothic and the Post-human; Feminist and Postcolonial Rewritings; Gothic and the Young Adult Novel. Students will situate texts within their historical and political contexts, and will also gain an awareness of a range of important theories (from Freud’s notion of the Uncanny to Derrida’s theories of hauntology) that will be important to the study of literature in the rest of their degree.
  • QXE-1015: Landmarks in Literature (20) (Semester 1)
    The specific texts studied will vary from year to year, but the module will include nineteenth-century works (e.g. Edgar Allan Poe, Arthur Conan Doyle); English ‘classical’ stories of the early twentieth century (e.g. Agatha Christie); American ‘hard boiled’ versions (e.g. Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler), and modernist, postmodernist and other variants (e.g. Jorge Luis Borges, Sara Paretsky, Walter Mosley, Paul Auster). Film and television adaptations may also be included. The module will also situate the texts in relevant historical and cultural contexts, and explore them via key concepts in literary theory.
  • QXE-1016: Children's Fiction (20) (Semester 2)

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  • LZC-1003: Chinese for Beginners 1 (20) (Semester 1)
  • LZG-1003: German for Beginners I (20) (Semester 1)
    The module is devised to suit 'ab initio' and post-GCSE students of German and focuses on the development of basic oral, aural and written communicative skills. The module involves an introduction to and [in the case of those with GCSE knowledge of the language] a revision of key areas of grammar (present and past tenses, the future and conditional tenses, nouns, adjectives, prepositions). Students will acquire general vocabulary and key expressions relating to self, family, daily routine, hobbies, likes and dislikes, in part through role-play situations. Using appropriate audio/visual aids, students will also be introduced to modern and contemporary German culture and society Key Text Storz, Thomas, Jutta Müller and Hartmut Aufderstraße, Delfin (Munich: Hueber Verlag, 2014). Websites SMLC offers a link list for all language students that covers the most important resources (newspapers, TV channels, online grammar and dictionaries, etc.) in the language(s) that they study: http://www.bangor.ac.uk/ml/links-german.php.en (German online resources) http://www.bangor.ac.uk/ml/links-welsh.php.en (Welsh medium resources) Additionally, students are encouraged to consult: English-German Context Dictionary: http://www.linguee.com/
  • LZI-1003: Italian for Beginners I (20) (Semester 1)
    This is a module running in semester 1 aimed at absolute beginners. This module intends to make students become familiar with the basic structures of the language in order to enable them to express themselves, both orally and in writing, on very simple topics related to everyday life situations. The textbook adopted for this course is 'Spazio Italia 1' (Loescher Editore). This particular text has been selected for its communicative approach to language teaching which, in conjunction with a more traditional approach to grammar, allows students to speed up their progress in all the four essential language learning skills of speaking, reading, listening and writing. Key Texts: Diaco, Mimma Flavia & Maria Gloria Tommasini, Spazio Italia 1, (Torino: Loescher Editore, 2011). Diaco, Mimma Flavia & Maria Gloria Tommasini, Spazio Italia 3, (Torino: Loescher Editore, 2011). Webpages: www.rainews.it www.repubblica.it Any other learning resources: Lingu exercises
  • LZS-1003: Spanish Begin./Intermed. 1 (20) (Semester 1)
    This module is aimed at ab initio and post GCSE students of Spanish and focuses on the development of basic oral, aural and written communicative skills. The module involves an introduction to (and in the case of those with GCSE knowledge of the language), a revision of key areas of grammar (present and past tenses, the future and conditional tenses, nouns, adjectives, prepositions) and general vocabulary and key expressions relating to self, family, daily routine, hobbies, likes and dislikes and role-play situations. Through selected audio/visual aids, students will also be introduced to Spanish culture and society. Textbook: Kattán, Juan, and Angela Howkins, Spanish Grammar in Context, 3rd edn (New York: Routledge, 2014)
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    LCS-1003: Sbaeneg i Ddechreuwyr 1 (20) (Semester 1)
    Mae'r modiwl hwn wedi ei anelu at ddechreuwyr a myfyrwyr sydd wedi astudio TGAU Sbaeneg ac mae'n canolbwyntio ar ddatblygu sgiliau cyfathrebu llafar, clywedol ac ysgrifenedig sylfaenol. Mae'r modiwl yn cynnwys cyflwyniad ac (yn achos myfyrwyr sydd wedi astudio TGAU Sbaeneg) adolygiad o elfennau gramadegol allweddol (yr amser presennol a'r gorffennol, y dyfodol a'r amodol, enwau, ansoddeiriau, arddodiaid) a geirfa ac ymadroddion cyffredin sy'n ymwneud â'r hunan, y teulu, bywyd pob dydd, hobïau, hoff bethau a chas bethau a chwarae rôl. Trwy gymhorthion clywedol/gweledol cyflwynir myfyrwyr hefyd i ddiwylliant a chymdeithas Sbaenaidd. Llyfr cwrs: Kattán, Juan, and Angela Howkins, Spanish Grammar in Context, 3rd edn (New York: Routledge, 2014)
  • QXL-1112: Language, Literature & Culture (20) (Semester 2)
    1. the relationship between language, culture and thought processes, 2. the relationship between language and identity, 3. the structures of bilingual societies, 4. the different manifestations of multilingualism, particularly in relation to the concepts of bilingualism and diglossia, 5. the cultural, political, and anthropological issues surrounding minority languages & language policy.
  • LXE-1600: Transnational Cultures (20) (Semester 2)
  • LXE-1700: Creating National Histories (20) (Semester 1)

Year 2 Modules

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • LZF-2040: French Language Skills (40) Core
    Building on the foundations of the first year language course, classes on written language skills, listening comprehension and translation into English, and oral communication skills will further develop proficiency and fluency in French. Written language skills include grammar review, paraphrasing, translation into French and essay-writing, and will focus on journalistic, literary and professional language. Listening comprehension classes will draw from modern, authentic material including recent French TV reports, and involve comprehension and paraphrasing exercises. The language materials used will concern the following topics: media, employability, the arts and socio-cultural debates. Oral skills will develop fluency across different registers of spoken French. All classes seek to develop the skills students will need for their third year in a French-speaking country.
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    LCF-2040: Sgiliau Iaith Ffrangeg (40) Core
    Gan adeiladu ar sylfaeni cwrs iaith y flwyddyn gyntaf, bydd y dosbarthiadau ar sgiliau ysgrifenedig, gwrando a deall a chyfieithu i'r Gymraeg/Saesneg, a sgiliau llafar yn datblygu hyfedredd a rhuglder yn y Ffrangeg. Bydd y sgiliau iaith ysgrifenedig yn cynnwys adolygu pwyntiau gramadegol, aralleirio, cyfieithu i'r Ffrangeg ac ysgrifennu traethodau, ac yn canolbwyntio ar yr iaith newyddiadurol, lenyddol a phroffesiynol. Bydd y dosbarthiadau gwrando a deall yn defnyddio ffynonellau dilys oddi ar y teledu, ac yn cynnwys trawsgrifio i'r Gymraeg/Saesneg. Bydd pob dosbarth yn datblygu'r sgiliau y bydd ar y myfyrwyr eu hangen yn eu trydedd flwyddyn pan fyddant mewn gwlad lle siaredir Ffrangeg.

Semester 2

  • LZF-2040: French Language Skills
    Building on the foundations of the first year language course, classes on written language skills, listening comprehension and translation into English, and oral communication skills will further develop proficiency and fluency in French. Written language skills include grammar review, paraphrasing, translation into French and essay-writing, and will focus on journalistic, literary and professional language. Listening comprehension classes will draw from modern, authentic material including recent French TV reports, and involve comprehension and paraphrasing exercises. The language materials used will concern the following topics: media, employability, the arts and socio-cultural debates. Oral skills will develop fluency across different registers of spoken French. All classes seek to develop the skills students will need for their third year in a French-speaking country.
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    LCF-2040: Sgiliau Iaith Ffrangeg
    Gan adeiladu ar sylfaeni cwrs iaith y flwyddyn gyntaf, bydd y dosbarthiadau ar sgiliau ysgrifenedig, gwrando a deall a chyfieithu i'r Gymraeg/Saesneg, a sgiliau llafar yn datblygu hyfedredd a rhuglder yn y Ffrangeg. Bydd y sgiliau iaith ysgrifenedig yn cynnwys adolygu pwyntiau gramadegol, aralleirio, cyfieithu i'r Ffrangeg ac ysgrifennu traethodau, ac yn canolbwyntio ar yr iaith newyddiadurol, lenyddol a phroffesiynol. Bydd y dosbarthiadau gwrando a deall yn defnyddio ffynonellau dilys oddi ar y teledu, ac yn cynnwys trawsgrifio i'r Gymraeg/Saesneg. Bydd pob dosbarth yn datblygu'r sgiliau y bydd ar y myfyrwyr eu hangen yn eu trydedd flwyddyn pan fyddant mewn gwlad lle siaredir Ffrangeg.

Optional Modules

60 credits from:

  • QXE-2003: Jonson to Johnson (20) (Semester 2)
  • QXE-2005: Victorian Literature (20) (Semester 1)
    The Victorians lived in an era of change and contradictions: a culture in which some reaped immense rewards from mechanised industry, but feared the idea of 'mechanism'; a period which saw the growth of cities and democracy, but was attracted to images of medieval feudalism. These themes will be examined, along with: realism in the Victorian novel; the narrators of the Victorian novel; ideas of truth in art and fiction; the figure of the intellectual or 'sage'; the domestic sphere; children and orphans; women as writers and members of Victorian society; the important relationship between notions of scientific 'truth' and religious 'faith', and ideas of nationality and race as expressed in the work of Irish, Scottish and Welsh authors working within concepts associated with the British empire. This course looks at a broad range of texts including novels, poetry and essays. Authors studied may include Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, Charlotte Bronte, John Ruskin, Robert Browning, Alfred Tennyson, Christina Rossetti, Robert Stevenson, Bram Stoker and Oscar Wilde.
  • QXE-2013: Renaissance and Reformation (20) (Semester 1)
    This course offers an introduction to the `Golden Age¿ of English literature, an exciting period of cultural change which encompasses the Reformation, the rise of a culture of individualism, and the English Revolution of the 1640s and 1650s. Among the modes of writing produced in these turbulent circumstances are poetic forms such as songs, sonnets, epigrams and pastoral epic; dramatic genres such as revenge tragedy and city comedy; and prose works such as autobiographical confessions, pamphlets and fiery sermons. Texts week 1. William Shakespeare, Henry V 2. Philip Sidney, Apology for poetry and all sonnets in Norton from Astrophil and Stella 3. Christopher Marlowe, The Jew of Malta 4. Edmund Spenser, book 1 of The Faerie Queene (in Norton) 5. William Shakespeare, Othello 6. John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi (in Norton) 7. reading week 8. John Donne, Songs and Sonnets, the Elegies,and the Holy Sonnets (all those in the Norton) 9. George Herbert and Henry Vaughan (all poems in the Norton) 10. John Milton, Paradise Lost (books 1-4, in Norton) 11. John Dryden, The Conquest of Granada 12. Etheridge, The Man of Mode Editions ¿ no preference.
  • QXE-2019: Contemporary Writing (Lit) (20) (Semester 2)
    ‘Contemporary Literatures’ introduces students to the first postmodern texts in the 1950s, and takes them right up to literature from the present day. The course asks students to investigate how literature (across a range of genres) responds to the broad historical trends and specific events of the age. While these might include residual literary traditions from the 1950s such as the theatre of ‘angry young men’ and ‘Movement’ poetry, the module will initially focus on the emergence of postmodernity. It will go on to consider how the Anglophone literary field has became more international in the second half of the twentieth century, witnessing the emergence of national literary traditions in a range of former colonies. New and contemporary movements and traditions in Anglophone literature will be explored in the second part of the course. These might include British Asian literature, post 9/11 literature, recent American drama, eco-poetry and the effect on literature of recent digital innovation.
  • QXE-2020: The Romantic Period in Britain (20) (Semester 1)
    The Romantic Period (c. 1785 -1832) was marked by social change, political strife and a growth in print culture. In many ways it was the start of the modern age, as Britain sought to define itself both internally and within a global context. This course introduces students to both canonical and non-canonical texts of the period and the ways in which they both shaped and reflected wider social and cultural concerns. It will guide students through key areas of current scholarship of the period so that they may refine their understanding of the relationship between texts and their contexts. In order to question what the term ‘Romanticism’ may entail, this course focuses not only on certain authors and texts from this period but also what may be termed Romantic spaces, including the home, nation, metropolis (both London and Edinburgh will feature prominently), border spaces, natural or picturesque settings (including Tintern Abbey and nearby Snowdon), reading rooms, theatres, the boxing ring and galleries.
  • QXE-2024: Alfred Hitchcock (20) (Semester 2)
    Alfred Hitchcock is perhaps the most notable example of a director whose films were popular both with audiences and with critics seeking to establish the credibility of film as an art form. His work provides a case-study of theories of authorship; of different national cinemas and studio systems, and of a particular genre, the thriller. In addition, the popularity and accessibility of Hitchcock’s films also raise questions concerning narrative, spectatorial pleasure, the gaze, and gender, and consequently provide an opportunity to explore the interrelation and limits of film theory and film practice
  • QXE-2027: Literature and Modernity (20) (Semester 1)
    Literature and Modernity examines literature about, or by writers from, Britain and Ireland in a period bracketed by the emergence of proto-modernist writing in the late 1890s and the emergence in the early 1950s of texts that would later be seen as postmodern. This period in Western Europe witnessed unprecedented changes in the modes of production, in relations between the sexes and between the classes, and in the development of new cultural forms like radio and cinema. While these originated in the Victorian period, they were accelerated by the social and psychological impact of the First World War, global depression, the rise of fascism, another catastrophic World War and the start of the nuclear age, historical factors that make the study of literature from this period especially rewarding. Students will study some of the ways in which authors responded to these cataclysmic shifts by considering work from a range of critical perspectives. These may include the literary movement (for example, modernism), broad historical change (for example, changes in gender roles), a major historical event (for example, the Second World War), genre, or recent trends in criticism which encourage us to look at this period’s writing from a new angle.
  • QXE-2101: Beowulf to Malory (20) (Semester 2)
    Seminar list/lecture list Week 1 Historical and Cultural Overview of the Old English Period Week 2 Beowulf Week 3 The Old English Elegies Week 4 Christian Heroes Week 5 Chaucer: Canterbury Tales: General Prologue and the Franklin's Prologue and Tale Week 6 Chaucer: the Nun's Priest's Prologue and Tale Week 7: NO LECTURES OR SEMINAR Week 8 Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Week 9 Malory, The Morte Darthur, I Week 10 Malory, The Morte Darthur, II Week 11 Henryson (photocopies to be provided) Week 12 NO LECTURES; revision seminar
  • QXL-2222: History of English (20) (Semester 2)
    1. Studying the History of English. 2. The Sounds and Writing of English 3. Causes and Mechanisms of Language Change. 4. The Indo-European Language Family and Proto-Indo European. 5. Germanic and the Development of English. 6. The Sounds and Words of Old English. 7. The Grammar of Old English. 8. The Rise of Middle English: Words and Sounds 9. The Grammar of Middle English and the Rise of a Written Standard. 10. The Sounds and Inflections of Early Modern English. 11. Early Modern English Verbal Constructions and Eighteenth-Century Prescriptivism. 12. Modern English.
  • Students must take (at least) 1 module dealing with Literature before 1800, and 1 from post-1800 modules.

20 credits from:

  • LXF-2101: Paris (20) (Semester 1)
    The 2,300 year story of the city of Paris is a rich and varied one, played out at the heart of French history, culture, and national identity; this is reflected in the variety of material covered in this module. We will study elements drawn from the following list (though not necessarily all of them in a given year): general history of the development of Paris, with particular emphasis on the Second Empire and the cultural très grands chantiers of recent decades; episodes of conflict in Paris (e.g. Siege and Commune, the Liberation, May 1968); Paris by 'monuments' - significance of major (and some minor) sites on the tourist trail; and highlights such as the 'expositions universelles'. It is not necessary to have visited Paris before taking this module; one aim of the course is to help you appreciate the city, and get more out of time spent there subsequently. Key texts Primary texts and films include: Code Inconnu. Dir. Michael Haneke. Artificial Eye. 2000 Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain. Dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet. UGC. 2001 Patrick Modiano’s Dora Bruder Leïla Sebbar’s Métro Instantanés (2007) Main secondary materials include: Margaret Atack. ‘L’imaginaire de mai’ in May 68 in French fiction and film: rethinking society, rethinking representation (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999) Jean Baudrillard’s ‘The Beaubourg Effect’ Matthew Moran, ‘Power Relations and Representation: the Power of the Media’ in The Republic and the Riots: Exploring Urban Violence in French Suburbs, 2005-2007 (Bern: Peter Lang, 2012) Pierre Nora, ‘Between Memory and History’
  • LXF-2104: French Cinema 1895-1950 (20) (Semester 1)
    The French hold cinema in greater esteem than perhaps any other nation, both as an art form and as popular entertainment; since its inception, the septième Art has produced a wealth of talent and many films of world standing. In this course we will look - on the big screen - at prominent examples of French cinema from its first decades, from the earliest work of the Lumière brothers in the 1890s to the mid-20th Century. The course looks at the general development of French cinema in the period, concentrating on: (i) a major classic from the silent era; (ii) a film from the Poetic Realism movement of the 1930s; (iii) an artistic, non-realist film from the end of the period covered. Key texts Main films studied Luis Buñuel’s Un Chien andalou Jean Vigo’s Vigo’s Zéro de conduite Jean Renoir’s Boudu sauvé des eaux Jean Renoir’s La Grande Illusion Marcel Carné’s Hôtel du Nord Marcel Carné’s Le Jour se lève Main secondary texts Andrew, James Dudley. Mists of regret: culture and sensibility in classic French film (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1995). Armes, Roy. French Cinema (London: Secker and Warburg, 1985). Hayward, Susan. French National Cinema, (London and New York: Routledge, 2005). Hayward , Susan and Ginette Vincendeau (eds.). French Film: Texts and Contexts (London and New York: Routledge, 2002). Martin, John. The Golden Age of French Cinema, 1929-1939 (London: Columbus Books, 1983). Powrie, Phil and Keith Reader (eds.). French Cinema: A Student's Guide (London: Arnold, 2002). Williams, Alan. Republic of images: a history of French film making (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1992).
  • LXF-2105: Race and Immigration in France (20) (Semester 2)
    This module will begin by providing a brief history of immigration and debates about immigration in France, before looking at how race is conceptualized in France and assessing how France's Republican political traditions influence perceptions of race. The module will include a variety of texts and films, such as Frantz Fanon's seminal text "Peau noire, masques blancs" (1952), Alain Gomis's 2001 film "L'Afrance", Kamini's 2006 rap video "Marly-Gomont", Azouz Begag's 1989 novel "Béni ou le paradis privé", and two recent doocumentary films by Carole Sionnet, "Parmi Nous" (2004) and "Pour le meilleur" (2007). Main texts and films studied Laurent Cantet’s Entre les murs (2008). Alain Gomis’s L’Afrance (2001). Begag, Azouz. Béni ou le paradis privé (Seuil: Paris, 1989). Pineau, Gisèle. L’Exil selon Julia (LG : Paris, 1996). Main secondary materials Sam Haigh (ed), An introduction to Caribbean francophone writing, (Oxford: Berg, 1999). Hargreaves, Alec. Multi-ethnic France: Immigration, Politics, Culture and Society (Abingdon: Routledge, 2007). Hargreaves, Alec. Voices from the North African Community in France: Immigration and Identity in Beur Fiction (Oxford: Berg, 1997) Jennings, Jeremy. 2000. ‘Citizenship, Republicanism and Multiculturalism in Contemporary France’, British Journal of Political Science, 30(4): 575-598. Tarr, Carrie. Reframing difference: beur and banlieue filmmaking in France (Manchester, UK : Manchester University Press, 2005).

Year 4 Modules

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • LZF-3030: French Language Skills (30) Core
    This 30 credit module running throughout the year promotes appropriate use of style and register in all written and oral work and ensures that students can deal with variations in register and idiomatic expression in a confident and accurate manner. Through exposure to selected texts, complex grammatical structures and audiovisual materials, students acquire reading, writing, aural and oral skills which match the required standard of final year linguists.
    or
    LCF-3030: Sgiliau Iaith Ffrangeg (30) Core
    Ar ôl cwblhau blwyddyn dramor, dylai'r myfyrwyr fod eisoes wedi cyrraedd lefel uchel ar lafar yn Ffrangeg. Caiff rhan lafar y modiwl hwn ei ddysgu gan siaradwr brodorol, a'r nod yw cynnal a gwella'r sgiliau hyn wrth baratoi ar gyfer yr arholiad terfynol a'r byd tu allan. Canolbwyntir ar sgiliau cyflwyno ar lafar a rhyngweithio â siaradwyr brodorol. Bydd y rhan fideo'n defnyddio ffynonellau sydd 100% oddi ar deledu Ffrangeg, a bydd y modiwl yn hyfforddi ac yn arholi'r myfyrwyr mewn tair sgil sef deall materion gwahanol a'r iaith a ddefnyddir i'w trafod; sgiliau trawsgrifio manwl gywir; a sgiliau cyfieithu yn seiliedig ar waith trawsgrifio'r myfyrwyr. Bydd y cwrs yn talu sylw arbennig i ddadleuon ac i gael ymwybyddiaeth a dealltwriaeth o sawl agwedd ar yr iaith gyfoes. Mae llawer o gefnogaeth i'w chael yn y Ganolfan Ieithoedd. Mae'r rhan ar gyfieithu yn fwy traddodiadol, ac mae rhoi hyfforddiant a phrofiad i'r myfyrwyr mewn cyfieithu darnau Cymraeg a Saesneg i Ffrangeg idiomatig, ac fel arall. Mae'r testunau'n dod o amryw o ffynonellau.

Semester 2

  • LZF-3030: French Language Skills
    This 30 credit module running throughout the year promotes appropriate use of style and register in all written and oral work and ensures that students can deal with variations in register and idiomatic expression in a confident and accurate manner. Through exposure to selected texts, complex grammatical structures and audiovisual materials, students acquire reading, writing, aural and oral skills which match the required standard of final year linguists.
    or
    LCF-3030: Sgiliau Iaith Ffrangeg
    Ar ôl cwblhau blwyddyn dramor, dylai'r myfyrwyr fod eisoes wedi cyrraedd lefel uchel ar lafar yn Ffrangeg. Caiff rhan lafar y modiwl hwn ei ddysgu gan siaradwr brodorol, a'r nod yw cynnal a gwella'r sgiliau hyn wrth baratoi ar gyfer yr arholiad terfynol a'r byd tu allan. Canolbwyntir ar sgiliau cyflwyno ar lafar a rhyngweithio â siaradwyr brodorol. Bydd y rhan fideo'n defnyddio ffynonellau sydd 100% oddi ar deledu Ffrangeg, a bydd y modiwl yn hyfforddi ac yn arholi'r myfyrwyr mewn tair sgil sef deall materion gwahanol a'r iaith a ddefnyddir i'w trafod; sgiliau trawsgrifio manwl gywir; a sgiliau cyfieithu yn seiliedig ar waith trawsgrifio'r myfyrwyr. Bydd y cwrs yn talu sylw arbennig i ddadleuon ac i gael ymwybyddiaeth a dealltwriaeth o sawl agwedd ar yr iaith gyfoes. Mae llawer o gefnogaeth i'w chael yn y Ganolfan Ieithoedd. Mae'r rhan ar gyfieithu yn fwy traddodiadol, ac mae rhoi hyfforddiant a phrofiad i'r myfyrwyr mewn cyfieithu darnau Cymraeg a Saesneg i Ffrangeg idiomatig, ac fel arall. Mae'r testunau'n dod o amryw o ffynonellau.

Optional Modules

60 credits from:

  • QXE-3012: Detective Fiction (20) (Semester 1)
    This module covers nineteenth-century works by Poe, Collins and Conan Doyle; English ‘classical’ stories of the early twentieth century (Chesterton, Christie); American ‘hard boiled’ versions (Hammett, Chandler), and modernist and postmodernist variants (Borges, Auster). The module will situate the text in some historical and cultural contexts, and focus on the relationship between form and ideology in the genre.
  • QXE-3022: Shakespeare and EM Literature (20) (Semester 1)
  • QXE-3028: Literature in the Community (20) (Semester 1)
  • QXE-3034: Arthurian Literature (20) (Semester 2)
    This module will consider a selection of the best writing about the Arthurian legend, from the ninth century to the twentieth, with the aim of showing the development and use of this legend throughout a very long period. The choice of texts may be vary from year to year, but is likely to include the Mabinogion, Geoffrey of Monmouth, Malory, Shakespeare, Tennyson, Mark Twain and T.H. White. The main themes that inform the legend will be discussed alongside the different writers’ agendas in adapting and manipulating the core elements of the tradition.
  • QXE-3080: Chaucer: Comedy, Calamity and (20) (Semester 2)
    This module provides an opportunity to examine a range of works by Geoffrey Chaucer, one of the most interesting and important authors of late medieval English literature. Through an analysis of the Canterbury Tales alongside The House of Fame, The Book of the Duchess, Troilus and Criseyde, and selections from the Legend of Good Women, Chaucer’s literary accomplishments will be examined with the aim of understanding his place in the English canon. During the seminars there will by opportunity to explore the wide range of themes and motifs employed in Chaucer’s works, as well as his extraordinary versatility in tackling different literary genres. Students will also engage with a diversity of theoretical and critical approaches to Chaucer’s work and modern adaptations of his texts, reflecting this medieval author’s continued appeal in the modern world. This module is an ideal companion to any of the other level three medieval literature modules.
  • QXE-3084: Recent Prize Winning Literatur (20) (Semester 2)
    The field of contemporary literature could fairly be described as a competitive arena dominated by a culture of prizes and charts: best-sellers, Booker Prize winners, the nation's favourite poems, the book of the year, and so on. But what makes a prize-winning work of literature, and how do concepts such as artistic skill and literary worth square with ideas of popularity and success? This course will examine a selection of recent prize-winning texts in a variety of genres, including poems, novels, short stories, autobiographies and screenplays, and relate them to critical and theoretical debates about taste, literary value and the market-place. During the course we will also take one major prize as a case study, examining the entire process from the selection of the genre(s) to be judged, the criteria, the jury members, the mechanisms for submission and the nature of the prize itself, through the short-listing stage and associated publicity to the final choice and the awards ceremony.
  • QXE-3088: Bob Dylan (20) (Semester 2)
    SEMINARS Material to be studied in seminars will include: Critical distinctions between modernist, mass, and popular cultures; `Folk music¿ and Dylan's early career; Rock music and Dylan's transition to electric performance; The relationship between biography and critical analysis; Dylan and religion; Dylan and literature; Textual analysis of the song lyric; Dylan and the visual arts; The transition from analogue to digital reproduction and dissemination; Bootleg culture.
  • QXP-3093: Experimental Writing (20) (Semester 2)
  • QXE-3099: The English Dissertation (40) (Semester 1 + 2)
    This module involves the production of an extended piece of critical writing of a length and quality appropriate to the culmination of the undergraduate degree scheme. Drawing on knowledge and critical methodologies learned earlier in the degree, students will be assisted via lectures and individual supervisions in devising, refining, developing and presenting a substantial piece of critical work on a topic of their choosing. The series of introductory lectures and workshops will focus on how to develop the initial research idea into a workable project presented in appropriate scholarly form. Critical self-reflection will be developed via the proposal and oral presentation in the first semester, and via discussions with the supervisor, which are held at key stages in the development of the project in both semesters.
  • QXE-3105: Reading Myth (20) (Semester 2)
    This module will take as its focus the textual response to inherited mythic structures: how myth may be perceived in theoretical terms as a proairetic discourse; how it establishes affinities with certain genres (e.g. epic, tragedy, romance); and how in more contemporary cultural debates it has been problematised by expectations of falsehood. The seminar programme will range from Ancient Greek representations of myth (e.g. Medea) to medieval accounts of Scripture in dramatic narrative (e.g. Abraham and Isaac) and to varying accounts of saints’ lives. In the early modern period attention may be devoted to the changing importance of ancient mythologies in literary narrative. In the more contemporary periods, options will change from year to year, but may include explorations of such pervasive constructs as the Founding of Empire (Kipling, Lessing), The American Dream (Capote, Fitzgerald, Highsmith) and The War on Terror (Buchan, Fleming, and Porter’s Empire State).
  • QXE-3107: EM Lit: Sex, Sects and Scandal (20) (Semester 1)
    Beginning with English constructions of nationhood in the 1590s, this module will examine the pressures that are placed upon Tudor notions of English identity by the ways in which early modern texts engage with Britishness. From here, the module will move to explore seventeenth century Anglophone literature in Wales, Ireland and Scotland. Authors to be studied might include Edmund Spenser, Thomas Nashe, Thomas Deloney, Thomas Heywood, William Shakespeare, Katherine Philips, Henry Vaughn, William Drummond and Roger Boyle.
  • QXE-3109: Victorian Networks (20) (Semester 1)
  • QXE-3110: Neo-Victorian Fiction (20) (Semester 2)
  • QXE-3112: Culture and the Body (20) (Semester 1)
  • Students may not take a dissertation in both English Literature and the other discipline of the Joint Honours programme. QXP Modules can only be taken if QXP Modules were taken in Years 1 and 2.

30 credits from:

  • LXF-3014: France and the Mediterranean (20) (Semester 2)
  • LXE-3101: Approaching Translation (10) (Semester 2)
    This module aims to further develop and consolidate translation skills students have acquired in their language courses. By approaching translation as a process, it examines translation at different textual levels, from the lexico-grammatical level such as words and grammar, to the textual-pragmatic level such as cohesion, register and text types. It provides students with a framework to reflect on the translational difficulties in their chosen language pairs and explore strategies and their implications. Key texts Baker, Mona. In Other Words: A Coursebook on Translation, 2nd edition (London: Routledge, 2011). Hatim, Basil and Munday, Jeremy. Translation: an Advanced Resource Book (London: Routledge, 2004). Students will also require language specific resources such as a bilingual and monolingual dictionaries.
    or
    LCE-3101: Trin a Thrafod Cyfieithu (10) (Semester 2)
    Bwriad y modiwl hwn yw datblygu ac atgyfnerthu ymhellach sgiliau cyfieithu a enillwyd gan fyfyrwyr yn eu cyrsiau iaith. Trwy ystyried cyfieithu fel proses, mae'n craffu ar gyfieithu ar wahanol lefelau testunol, o lefel geiriau a gramadeg, i'r lefel destunol a phragmataidd sy'n ystyried cydlyniad, cywair a mathau o destun. Mae'n rhoi fframwaith i'r myfyrwyr i ystyried yr anawsterau cyfieithu yn y parau iaith a ddewiswyd ganddynt ac i ymchwilio i strategaethau a'u goblygiadau. Key texts Baker, Mona. In Other Words: A Coursebook on Translation, 2nd edition (London: Routledge, 2011). Hatim, Basil and Munday, Jeremy. Translation: an Advanced Resource Book (London: Routledge, 2004). Students will also require language specific resources such as a bilingual and monolingual dictionaries.
  • LXE-3102: Culture and the Body (10) (Semester 1)
  • LXF-3106: French Cinema since 1960 (20) (Semester 2)
    In chronological terms, this course follows on from module LXF2104 French Cinema 1895-1950. However, students who have not taken LXF2104 or have not previously studied cinema are more than welcome to take this module. This course will focus on French cinema from the New Wave period of the 1950s and 1960s to the new millennium. Through analysis of films by four different directors from four different decades, key cinematic trends will be identified, analysed and contextualized. Key trends / periods to be studied include 1950s/60s New Wave cinema, the "cinéma du look" of the 1980s, and the renewal of social and political cinema in France since 1995. This will expose students to key concepts in film studies and encourage critical reflection on how the range of techniques utilised by a director contribute to cinematic meaning. The films studied will be situated both in relation to cinematic and political trends contemporary to their production. Key texts Austin, Guy. 1996. Contemporary French Cinema: An Introduction . (Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press). Ezra, Elizabeth. 2004. European Cinema (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press). Hayward, Susan. 2005 (or 1993). French National Cinema, (London and New York: Routledge). This book is available on the library website as an e-book: click here. Hayward , Susan and Ginette Vincendeau (eds.). 2002. French Film: Texts and Contexts (London and New York: Routledge). Hjort, Mette and Scott Mackenzie. 2000. Cinema and Nation (London and New York: Routledge). See chs. 4-7, esp. Ch.6 on 'Framing National Cinemas' by Susan Hayward. This book is available via the library website as an e-book: click here. Kline, T. Jefferson. 2010. Unravelling French Cinema (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell). Available as an e-book via the Bangor University website: http://www.bangor.eblib.com/patron/FullRecord.aspx?p=485677. Powrie, Phil (ed.). 1999. French cinema in the 1990s : continuity and difference (Oxford: Oxford University Press). Powrie, Phil and Keith Reader (eds.). 2002. French Cinema: A Student's Guide (London: Arnold). See esp. pp. 3-53. This book is available on the library website as an e-book: click here. Any other learning resources The core films studied are Jean-Luc Godard's A Bout de souffle (1960), Jean-Luc Godard's Week-end (1967), Claude Chabrol's Le Boucher (1970), Luc Besson's Subway, Jacques Martineau and Olivier Ducastel's Drôle de Félix (1999) and Nicolas Philibert's Etre et avoir (2002) and Michel Haznavicius' The Artist (2011).
  • LXF-3111: French Travel (20) (Semester 2)
    This module examines changing conceptions and practices of travel and engages students in analysis of some of the core tropes in approaches to travel and travel writing. Students will engage with the travel writing of a range of authors from the Renaissance to the present and with a variety of geographical locations in order to trace developments in the epistemologies and ontologies of travel. The course will begin by asking what we mean by the term ‘travel’, exploring critical thinking around the differences between, for example, tourism and migration. The module’s introductory phase will demonstrate the importance of travel in constructing categories of knowledge and narratives of identity before moving, in the weeks that follow, to look at issues of interpretation, examining through close reading how travellers frame their encounter with otherness, and how the travel encounter might become a means of disrupting such discursive frameworks. Key areas for investigation include the role played by travel writing in establishing structures of cultural hierarchy and resistance; the relationship between travel writing and various kinds of nationalisms; how travel writing informs global networks of modern capitalism; how travel writing constructs as well as calls into question gendered subjects and subjectivities; and, finally, the traffic between travel writing and other genres and media such as fiction, film and photography. Key texts A set of six core texts is drawn from the following authors’ work: Claude Lévi-Strauss, Simone de Beauvoir, Jean-Paul Sartre, André Gide, Georges Perec, Roland Barthes, Michel Butor, Jean Baudrillard, Marc Augé and Michel de Certeau. Students are provided with copies of the relevant extracts / articles as part of a module dossier. See list of extracts / articles mentioned in module documentation printed from the Gazette. Main secondary reading: Chris Bongie, Exotic Memories: Literature, Colonialism, and the Fin de Siècle (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1991) Michel de Certeau ([1980] 1990) L’Invention du quotidien, vol. 1: Arts de faire (Paris : Folio, 1980) [HN8 .C43 1990 v.1] Umberto Eco, Faith in Fakes: Travels in hyperreality (London: Minerva, 1995) Charles Forsdick, Ludmilla Kostova and Corinne Fowler (eds) Travel Writing and Ethics: Theory and Practice (London: Routledge, 2012) Charles Forsdick, Travel in Twentieth-Century French and Francophone Cultures: The Persistence of Diversity (Oxford: OUP, 2005) Charles Forsdick and David Murphy (eds), Francophone Postcolonial Studies: A Critical Introduction (London: Arnold, 2003) Clifford Geertz, Works and Lives: The Anthropologist as Author (Cambridge: Polity, 1988) Peter Holland and Graham Huggan, Tourists with Typewriters: critical reflections on contemporary travel writing (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1998 Mary Louise Pratt, Imperial Eyes: Travel Writing and Transculturation (London: Routledge, [1992] 2008) [D34.L29 P73 2008] Edward W. Said, Orientalism (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1995) Michael Sheringham, Everyday Life: Theories and Practices from Surrealism to the Present (Oxford: OUP, 2009) Guillaume Thouroude, ‘Towards generic autonomy: the récit de voyage as mode, genre and form’, Studies in Travel Writing, 13:4 (2009), 381-390 C.W. Thompson, French Romantic Travel Writing: Chateaubriand to Nerval (Oxford: OUP, 2012)
  • LXF-3112: Bande Dessinee & Adaptation (20) (Semester 1)
    Topics to be covered in this module include: history of bande dessinée and the status of the medium in contemporary Francophone culture; how to analyse bande dessinée; key concepts in adaptation studies; case study 1: adaptation of a cultural myth; case study 2: autobioBD / autographics and the intertwining of the private and political; case study 3: adaptation from bande dessinée to animation; case study 4: post-colonialism and bande dessinée adaptation: Algeria; case study 5: post-colonialism and bande dessinée adaptation: Brittany. Key texts Primary texts and film: Peter Pan (Régis Loisel) Persépolis (Marjane Satrapi) Persépolis (Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud) [film] L’étranger (Jaques Ferrandez, adapted from Albert Camus) Histoires de Bretagne (Collective, adapted from Anatole Le Braz) Recommended reading material : Ann Miller, Reading Bande Dessinée: Critical Approaches to French-Language Comic Strip Laurence Grove, Comics in French: The European Bande Dessinée in Context Linda Hutcheon, A Theory of Adaptation Julie Sanders, Adaptation & Appropriation
  • LXE-3210: Press Dossier (10) (10) (Semester 1)
    This module provides students with the opportunity to examine a topical issue relevant to one or more countries/regions in which the target language is spoken. The chosen issue will be examined through the prism of the press and media, in order to develop an understanding not only of the specific issue in question, but also of the media landscape of the relevant society. The resulting dossier will comprise the analysis of contrasting media and press types in their coverage of the chosen topic, as well as an assessment of their importance in influencing public opinion. The dossier will be written in the target language, and should contain an appendix of materials which have been examined. Busà, M. Grazia, Introducing the Language of the News: a Student's Guide (London: Routledge, 2014) Stevenson, Nick, Understanding Media Cultures: Social Theory and Mass Communication (London; Thousand Oaks: Sage, 1995) Harrison, Martin, TV news, Whose Bias? : a Casebook Analysis of Strikes, Television and Media Studies (Hermitage, Berks.: Policy Journals, 1985) Stocchetti Matteo and Karin Kukkonen, Critical Media Analysis: an Introduction for Media Professionals (Frankfurt am Main ; New York: Peter Lang, 2011) Van Dijk, Teun A., Discourse and Communication: New Approaches to the Analysis of Mass Media Discourse and Communication (Berlin; New York: W. de Gruyter, 1985) Websites: This section of SMLC website lists some of the major newspaper, TV and radio sites in German, French, Spanish and Italian media: http://www.bangor.ac.uk/ml/uglinks.php
    or
    LCE-3210: Astudio'r Cyfryngau (S1) (10) (Semester 1)
    Mae'r modiwl hwn yn rhoi cyfle i fyfyrwyr astudio pwnc cyfoes sy'n berthnasol i un neu fwy o wledydd/rhanbarthau lle y siaredir yr iaith darged. Gwyntyllir y pwnc a ddewisir drwy brism y wasg a'r cyfryngau, er mwyn magu dealltwriaeth o'r pwnc penodol ond hefyd o'r cyhoeddiadau a chyfryngau sydd ar gael yn y gymdeithas dan sylw. Bydd yr adroddiad terfynol yn cynnwys dadansoddiad o sut y mae mathau cyferbyniol o gyhoeddiadau a chyfryngau yn ymdrin â'r pwnc, yn ogystal ag asesiad o'u pwysigrwydd wrth ddylanwadu ar farn y cyhoedd. Ysgrifennir yr adroddiad yn yr iaith darged, ac atodir y deunyddiau a drafodir wrtho. Busà, M. Grazia, Introducing the Language of the News: a Student's Guide (London: Routledge, 2014) Stevenson, Nick, Understanding Media Cultures: Social Theory and Mass Communication (London; Thousand Oaks: Sage, 1995) Harrison, Martin, TV news, Whose Bias? : a Casebook Analysis of Strikes, Television and Media Studies (Hermitage, Berks.: Policy Journals, 1985) Stocchetti Matteo and Karin Kukkonen, Critical Media Analysis: an Introduction for Media Professionals (Frankfurt am Main ; New York: Peter Lang, 2011) Van Dijk, Teun A., Discourse and Communication: New Approaches to the Analysis of Mass Media Discourse and Communication (Berlin; New York: W. de Gruyter, 1985) Websites: This section of SMLC website lists some of the major newspaper, TV and radio sites in German, French, Spanish and Italian media: http://www.bangor.ac.uk/ml/uglinks.php
  • LCF-3301: Ymerodraethau Prydain+Ffrainc (20) (Semester 1)
    Yn y modiwl hwn, bydd myfyrwyr yn astudio effaith imperialaeth ar ddiwylliant a chymdeithas Ffrainc a Phrydain, gan ganolbwyntio hefyd ar effaith ymerodraeth ar Gymru. Byddwn yn astudio sawl pwnc, gan gynnwys y berthynas rhwng gwladychu a choloneiddio; cymunedau Cymraeg ar draws yr Ymerodraeth Brydeinig, perthnasau rhwng Ffrainc imperialaidd a’r trefedigaethau, portreadu’r ‘ymerodraeth’, dadwladychu, cofio’r ymderodraeth ac hunaniaeth ôl-wladychol. Aldrich, R., Greater France: a History of French Overseas Expansion (1996). Betts, R., Tricouleur: the French Overseas Empire (1977) Betts, R., Assimilation and Association in French Colonial Theory (2005). Betts, R., France and Decolonization (London: Macmillan, 1991).Brunschwig, H., Mythes et réalités de l’impérialisme colonial français 1871-1914 (Paris: Armand Colin, 1960).Clay Sorum, P., Intellectuals and Decolonization in France (1977). Constantine, Stephen ed., Emigrants and Empire: British Settlement in the Dominions Between the Wars (Manchester, 1990) Cooper N., ‘French Colonial Thought’ An Encyclopedia of French Thought (2004) Conklin, A Mision to Civilize: the Republican Idea of Empire in France and West Africa (1997). Evans, M., (ed) Empire and Culture: The French Experience, 1830-1940, (2004). Fanon, F., The Wretched of the Earth (2001). Johnston, W. Ross ‘The Welsh Diaspora: Emigrating around the World in the Late Nineteenth Century,’ Llafur Cyf. 6, Rhif 2 (1993) 50-74 Jones, Aled and Jones, Bill, 'The Welsh World and the British Empire, c.1851-1939: An Exploration', Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, Cyf.31 Rhif 2 (Mai 2003) 57-81 (available online on http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/03086530310001705606 ) Jones, Bill, 'Cymry "Gwlad yr Aur": Ymfudwyr Cymreig yn Ballarat, Awstralia, yn ail hanner y bedwaredd ganrif ar bymtheg', Llafur, Cyf. 8 Rhif 2 (2001) Gethin Matthews, ‘“Y Dynion Mwyaf Diniwed ar Wyneb y Greadigaeth” – Y Cymry a Brodorion Columbia Brydeinig’, Y Traethodydd (Gorffennaf 2009) 147-156 Naylor, P., France and Algeria: a history of Decolonization and Transformation (Florida: UPF, 200). The Oxford History of the British Empire, pum cyfrol, yn enwedig cyfrol 3 (The Nineteenth Century) a chyfrol 4 (The Twentieth Century) Wagstaff, P., and Scriven, M., War and Society in Twentieth Century France (1991).
  • LXE-3400: Joint Hons Diss (English) (10) (Semester 1 + 2) or
    LCE-3400: Traethawd Hir Cyd-A (Cym) (10) (Semester 1 + 2)
  • LXE-3444: Joint Hons Diss (Target Lang) (10) (Semester 1 + 2)
  • Joint Hons. Students may only take ONE LXE module (does not include the Dissertation). A dissertation must be taken in ONE joint honours subject.