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Module

FRE2045 : French Caribbean Literature

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Myriem El Maizi
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

In consonance with the overall aims of the degrees offered in the SML to build on skills gained at Stage 1:
- To provide students with knowledge of the social and political history of the French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique.
- To introduce students to the critical analysis of a range of novels in Caribbean literature.
- To introduce students to theoretical approaches to the question of cultural identity in the Caribbean context.

Outline Of Syllabus

The module consists in the study of three novels by key writers from Guadeloupe and Martinique, and combines discussion of the socio-historical context of literary production with theoretical and literary approaches to the colonial situation in the French Caribbean.

Lecture materials and synchronous teaching activities (both present-in-person and online) will introduce students to the knowledge and skills required for the study and comparative analysis of the novels in their contexts.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials182:0036:00Including pre- and post-lecture reading
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion301:0030:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities181:0018:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching171:0017:008h synchronous online 9h present-in-person
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00Synchronous online
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study981:0098:00N/A
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture materials (in the form of recordings and written documents) will allow definition of the scope of the syllabus, give an introduction to a body of knowledge relating to the emergence and development of Caribbean literature, and provide analytic frameworks within which to understand the selected novels. These lecture materials will encourage close engagement with both primary and secondary materials, and serve as a foundation to support students’ own independent study and assessment preparation.

Small group teaching will give students the opportunity to closely examine extracts from the novels, allowing for detailed discussion and analysis as well as revisiting and reinforcing knowledge from the lecture materials and additional reading. These sessions will encourage students to develop their independent thinking and critical analysis.

Independent study time will be devoted to reading primary works, studying required passages in close detail, preparing seminar contributions and reading and note-taking from secondary critical sources and additional teaching material. Teaching material will be available primarily through Canvas and through the Robinson library, and students will develop their independent learning skills and research techniques.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M100One essay of 2500 words, in English.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Essay1MDetailed Essay Plan
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The essay enables students to develop writing skills and time management skills and demonstrate the ability to produce a reasoned and structured argument, based on evidence from the literary texts. The essay encourages students to work independently and to study in depth a particular aspect of the issues addressed in the module. The essay will also enable students to develop skills in bibliographical work, footnoting and referencing.

Reading Lists

Timetable