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FREN250 Crossroads in French Cultural Space

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An intermediate-level exploration of the contemporary French cultural landscape through a variety of genres, such as literature, drama and film.

You are invited to a rich voyage through diverse contemporary cultural landscapes in French and Francophone worlds! Come and explore a variety of modern, postmodern and contemporary sources - such as short literary texts, drama and film - in a global contemporary perspective!

Paper title Crossroads in French Cultural Space
Paper code FREN250
Subject French
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $913.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $4,073.40

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36 100-level points
FREN 350
Schedule C
Arts and Music
Teaching staff

Dr Constantin Grigorut, Senior Lecturer, Languages and Cultures programme, University of Otago

Teaching Arrangements
There are two lectures a week and one tutorial.
Daoud, Kamel. Meursault, contre-enquête. Actes Sud, 2014.

Daoud, Kamel. The Meursault Investigation. Other Press, 2015.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding.
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Learning Outcomes

While the students will read and watch, discover and analyse hidden cultural allusions inside these wonderful and touching stories, together, we will discuss particular links to guilt and solitude, suffering and healing, angels and demons generated by hope and despair in our contemporary world, looking at cultural bridges, from Greek mythology and oriental religion to postmodern landscape of the Western world as expression of natural connections between individual/collective trauma, myth and modern/postmodern being.

Students who successfully complete this paper will

  • Express an understanding of the relevance of the critical Humanities in approaching the modern/contemporary French/Francophone cultural space
  • Understand and engage with intertextual theory
  • Understand culturally and historically diverse approaches within contemporary film
  • Recognise and discuss critically the cultural assumptions about "otherness" in contemporary French/francophone film
  • Engage in critical debates on myth as cultural connector in film
  • Critically engage with both theory and method in the development of an advanced reflective essay

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Monday 10:00-11:50 9-13, 15-16, 18-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Wednesday 17:00-17:50 9-13, 15-22