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BA Chinese and French

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  • 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

20 credits from:

  • 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)
  • LZG-1004: German for Beginners II (20) (Semester 2)
    This module is aimed at all first year students who have completed German 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 Course book: 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-1004: Italian for Beginners II (20) (Semester 2)
    This module is aimed at all first year students who have completed Italian 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: 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-1004: Spanish Begin./Intermed. 2 (20) (Semester 2)
    This module is aimed at all first year students who have completed Spanish for Beginners and Intermediate Students 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. Textbook: Kattán, Juan, and Angela Howkins, Spanish Grammar in Context, 3rd edn (New York: Routledge, 2014)
  • QXL-1112: Language and 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: Cultures in Context (20) (Semester 2)
  • LXE-1700: History in Context (20) (Semester 1)

Year 2 Modules

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • LZC-2040: Chinese Language Skills (40) Core
  • 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.
  • LXC-2200: Contemporary Chinese Studies (20) Core

Semester 2

  • LZC-2040: Chinese Language Skills
  • 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.
  • LXC-2200: Contemporary Chinese Studies

Optional Modules

20 credits from:

  • LXF-2101: Paris (20) (Semester 2)
    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).
  • LXF-2113: Reading France (20) (Semester 1)
    The course is conceived with a view to enable students to situate and deconstruct narratives of the French nation-state, nation-hood and national belonging. Structured around the three foundational concepts of Republican ideology − Liberty, Equality and Fraternity – the course organizes topics in a chronological and thematic fashion and, in so doing, engages students with various texts that demonstrate the evolution of the French Republic. Topics included under ‘Liberty’ will engage with the emergence of the First Republic in correspondence with revolutionary literature, and treat of foundational texts (e.g. The Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen) as well as challenges to these foundations (e.g. The Declaration of the Rights of Woman and the Female Citizen). Topics will include the idea of ‘Revolution’, the emergence of the bourgeoisie and the idea of the ‘Citizen’. In the module’s middle phase students will explore the theme of ‘Equality’ as reconnoitred in a range of texts from the modern to the contemporary period, where topics covered will include war, the Trente glorieuses, the role of women in society and recent economic crisis. In the module’s final phase, students will engage with the theme of ‘Fraternity’ broadly understood as a node from which to unpack more contemporary literature treating of challenges to the idea of national and cultural unity. Topics will explore transnational geographies and identities, engaging with literary representations of ‘community’, globalization, security, Islam and the imagined futures of the French Republic. In its coverage, this module overall will therefore provide students with an insight into French republicanism from the perspective of its writers, drawing their attention to the ways in which literature and textuality have been formative in understanding how the events, geographies and identities of the Republic are both consistently realised and constantly reconsidered.