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Module

FRE4003 : Occupation and Resistance: Literary and Cinematic Responses to the Second World War in France

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Kathryn Robson
  • Owning School: Modern Languages
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
Semester 2 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

-       To explore how the Occupation of France in the Second World War has been represented in history and in collective memory through the study of novels, films, historical and testimonial texts that retell/document aspects of the Occupation in fictional form
-       To acquire a working knowledge of the history of France between 1939 and 1945
-       To analyse a range of French representations of the Holocaust
-       To understand philosophical, ethical, moral and political debates about the representability of the Holocaust
-       To analyse French cinematic and textual representations of World War II/the Holocaust produced after the war and until the present in the context of wider national and international political and ethical debates around cultural memory, memorialization, and testimony

Outline Of Syllabus

This module has two main strands: firstly, it draws on and explores a range of different textual and cinematic representations of the Occupation in order to explore how the Second World War has been remembered in France; secondly, it looks at testimonial and cinematic representations of the Holocaust, particularly the concentration camps, from a French perspective. The module begins with a historical overview of the Second World War and its legacy in French cultural memory, before exploring selected textual/cinematic representations in the light of theoretical and philosophical writings in English and in French.

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion301:0030:00N/A
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials182:0036:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching81:008:00Synchronous online
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching91:009:00Present in Person
Structured Guided LearningStructured research and reading activities181:0018:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study981:0098:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk11:001:00Synchronous online
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lecture materials (in the form of recordings and written documents) will provide the essential historical context both to the Occupation itself and to its cultural memory since, and will work through a range of theoretical perspectives on trauma, loss and memory. They will also introduce students to the set texts and films through short videos, brief written case studies and longer Powerpoint recordings.

Students will be expected to work through the lecture materials and accompanying directed reading/viewing which will be clearly signposted on Canvas.

In seminars, students will analyse both thematic/historical issues (eg the treatment of Jewish children in the Occupation) or one of the set texts/films in detail, working through the issues raised by the lectures with support and added clarifications or examples where needed.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay2M100One essay of 2,500 words, in English.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Essay1MAn essay or essay plan of up to 2500 words in English
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The summative essay assesses students’ ability to apply knowledge of the Occupation or the Holocaust, as well as of cultural memories since then, to detailed analysis of chosen texts representing experience or memories of WW2 in France. The formative essay will allow students to practise analytical and essay-writing skills and receive feedback before going on to write the essay in semester 2.

Students will be given general guidance on approaching essay writing in semester 1 for the formative essay and will be given individual and full-cohort feedback on the formative essay to help them to improve their work for the summative essay in semester 2.

Reading Lists

Timetable