• Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject French
  • Areas of interest Cultural Studies, European Languages, European Studies, Literature
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Ash Collins
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2023
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 This course offers an introduction to literature in French. A study of major authors and genres in their cultural contexts, it aims to build knowledge of key moments in French literary history, cultivate familiarity with the formal elements of a literary work and facilitate acquisition of the critical tools necessary to analyse, discuss and write about literature in French. The specific focus of the course will reflect the interests and expertise of the convenor; readings may thus include works of prose, poetry, theatre and criticism and will explore a range of literary movements, including realism, theatre of the absurd, √©criture feminine and immigrant and minority writing. In each instance, the literary text will serve as a springboard for discussions of history, society and artistic endeavour in the francophone world. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. critically analyse literary texts of a range of forms, periods, and genres and in relation to specific historical contexts;
  2. compare and contextualise complex viewpoints in French;
  3. formulate, present, and evaluate original arguments in written and oral French; and
  4. engage in extensive critical dialogue with classmates and convener in French.

Other Information

This course may be completed more than once if taken with a different topic each time.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Weekly comprehension exercises (2000 words) (15) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Oral presentation (10min) (25) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  3. In-class test (50min) (25) [LO 1,2,3]
  4. In-class essay (90min, 750 words) (25) [LO 1,2,3]
  5. Participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:

a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 3 hours of class time per week, and

b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed FREN3007 with a minimum mark of credit; or have completed FREN3010; or have obtained the permission of the convener. This course may be completed more than once if taken with a different topic each time. As this is a topics based course, students who have completed FREN6513, please contact the convener for further advice and a permission code.

You will need to contact the School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Details will be provided on Wattle texts to be acquired in line with convener's expertise and teaching plan; other written and audio-visual materials will be posted on Wattle as required throughout the semester.

Assumed Knowledge

This course assumes a minimum of B2 level of French competency (equivalent to Credit level in FREN3007 or higher) as per the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are a domestic graduate coursework student with a Domestic Tuition Fee (DTF) place or international student you will be required to pay course tuition fees (see below). Course tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $3960
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2023 $5100
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4189 20 Feb 2023 27 Feb 2023 31 Mar 2023 26 May 2023 In Person View

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