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    Topics in French language and culture, taught and examined in French.

    The Magic Beauty of the French Poetry: A Voyage Through the Centuries

    Open to both students of French and interested students from other programmes/departments with a basic French linguistic background, this paper explores the beauty of poetry through a selection of French lyrical texts. We will start with the Middle Ages, and travel through the modern era, exploring some of the most influential poets of the French Symbolism. We end our voyage with some representative authors of the 20th Century and the Postmodernity. Understandably, we will aim to analyse the original French versions of the proposed texts. However, out-of-programme students may also consider English translations for reading/analysis.

    While students will have to read, discover and analyse the metaphorical complexity of these wonderful poems, together, we will also discuss particular links to love, freedom, solitude, hope, suffering and healing, looking at cultural bridges between the literary text and music or visual arts.

    About this paper

    Paper title Topics in French
    Subject French
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $981.75
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    FREN 211 or 232
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music

    Although aimed at students with an intermediate level of French this paper is also open to those who do not speak French at all.


    Teaching staff

    Dr Constantin Grigorut

    Teaching Arrangements

    Three lectures per week plus one tutorial at a time to be arranged.


    Compulsory: A selection of electronic texts (poems) and web links will be provided on Blackboard.

    Supplementary: According to the subject chosen for research, critical bibliography may be provided to students upon request.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Cultural understanding, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete the 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 poetry and modern criticism.
    • Understand culturally and historically diverse approaches within literature and other forms of art.
    • Recognise and discuss critically themes, motifs and symbols in poetry.
    • Critically engage with both theory and method in the development of an advanced reflective analysis.


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Monday 11:00-11:50 29-35, 37-42
    Wednesday 11:00-11:50 29-35, 37-42


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Friday 11:00-11:50 30-35, 37-42
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