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Unit Overview


This cultural unit explores notions of history, identity, exile and belonging in contemporary francophone Caribbean literature. Through a study of selected texts by key writers from Martinique, Guadeloupe and Haiti, students will investigate how contemporary authors represent the complexities of identity when one is caught between competing cultural and historical influences. While the course locates these questions in the particular context of the francophone Caribbean, students will be encouraged to reflect more widely on these issues and to draw parallels between the Caribbean experience and that of other colonized nations. They will also discover one of the most vibrant and exciting bodies of writing in French. This unit is designed to help students towards achieving level B2/C1 of the Common European Framework of References for Languages.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the FRNHA French Studies major sequence
  • Level 3 option in the FRNHB French Studies; FRNHI French Studies major sequences
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) read, analyse, and develop a historical and theoretical perspective on a body of contemporary literature in French; (2) demonstrate writing and research skills in a francophone literary context; (3) critically assess a range of perspectives and contrast them with those from their own cultural background; and (4) use oral, teamwork and interpersonal skills through classroom discussions in French.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) in-class tests; (2) research essay; and (3) participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Bonnie Thomas
Unit rules
FREN2404 French Studies 4
or FREN2406 French Studies 6
or FREN2408 French Studies 8
Contact hours
1x pre-recorded lecture
1 x 1.5 hour tutorial per week for 10 weeks (weeks 1-10)
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.