French MA

The Twenty-First Century Novel in French FRENCH4097

  • Academic Session: 2023-24
  • School: School of Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Runs Throughout Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

The French novel has undergone a renaissance in recent years and appears to have regained the popularity and artistic importance it enjoyed in the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth century. This course will study in detail a selection of novels written since 2000 by a representative range of the best contemporary writers.


One hour weekly across both semesters as scheduled on MyCampus


This is one of the honours options in SMLC and may not run every year. The options which are running this session are available on MyCampus.

Excluded Courses





Semester 1: 1500 word essay (35%)

Semester 2: 2500 word essay (65%)

Main Assessment In: April/May

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course will provide the opportunity to:

■ increase students' understanding of the twenty-first century novel in French.

■ enhance students' knowledge of the historical context of recent developments in the novel in French.

■ enable students to interrelate and analyse critically different theoretical approaches to the study of the contemporary novel in French.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ demonstrate an ability to situate a prescribed text in the target language within a social and historical context and to undertake a critical assessment of its underlying themes

■ discuss the development of the novel in French, and place novels written since 2000 within that broader historical context

■ produce sustained arguments in both written and verbal form on a variety of textual sources relating to the contemporary French novel

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.