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FR3580: FRENCH THEATRE A (2016-2017)

Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

We will start by discussing central aspects of drama, such as character, plot, showing vs. telling, audiences, lighting, sound, costume, etc., then we will look at a selection of representative French plays from different periods exploring a variety of approaches to theatricality.  Texts will range from early religious drama through popular farce, classical theatre, melodrama, and theatre of the absurd to the present day.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Dr Glynn Hesketh

Qualification Prerequisites


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

  • French (FR) (Studied)
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • FR4580 French Theatre B (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Students will initially participate in a series of discussions focused on central aspects of drama such as character, plot, showing vs. telling, audiences, etc. Thereafter, some classes will be devoted to the study of a series of representative dramatic works from various periods, either in print or on film, chosen for the light they throw on aspects of theatricality, while other classes will consist of seminars on more general topics.

Further Information & Notes

This course may NOT be included as part of a graduating curriculum with FR 4580 (French Theatre 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 written assignment, ca 2000 words (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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