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Course Overview

This course aims to introduce students to the autobiographical genre as practised in the French language since World War II. Students will work on central topics in this genre through a representative selection of texts.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Shona Potts

Qualification Prerequisites


What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either French (FR) (Studied) or Bachelor of Laws with Options in French Language (Hons) (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Programme Level 3

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Through a detailed study of a selection of autobiographies from World War II to the present, this course will examine the way in which major French writers have adopted and transformed the autobiographical genre to pursue such questions as the relationship of life to art, the nature of memory, the unconscious, and the transformation of the self through time as well as through the very process of autobiographical writing.

Further Information & Notes

This course may NOT be included as part of a graduating curriculum with FR4079 (Inventing the Self : Literary Autobiography in Post-war France B). It will be available in 2014/15 and in alternate sessions thereafter.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown


More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: In-course assessment: one 3,000 word essay (100%).
Resit: 1 two-hour written examination (100%)

Formative Assessment

The first written assignment has a formative as well as a summative role.


The above assignments receive CAS marks, which the Course Guide links to specific marking criteria, and written or verbal feedback in the form of tutors' comments is also given. Additional informal feedback on performance and tutorial participation is offered in tutorials. Tutors have office hours at which further feedback may be sought.

Course Learning Outcomes


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