Aims/Description: This module provides students with foundational knowledge in the critical interpretation of texts. Each year, a selection of French and / or francophone works and authors from the modern literary corpus will serve as a basis for study. Students may examine questions such as those of canon formation and the literary institution, and of genre and style, to interrogate a text as classique / inclassable. To achieve this, students will also examine the external methods of interpretation of a narrative text, and develop the intellectual and pragmatic tools to carry out 'microreadings' (J.-P. Richard), concentrating on close readings of passages, and applying precise stylistic tools to their readings.

Restrictions on availability: Cultural Core Module 1st year

Staff Contact: WATT SOPHIE
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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