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Unit Overview


This unit, taught in French, develops on students' prior studies with the view to encourage them to become French studies specialists, and prepare them for possible postgraduate studies. It further develops students' knowledge of the French and/or francophone literary canon from the seventeenth through to the twentieth century. Students also explore issues raised by literary canons, including—How can we explain the rise of some literary texts to canonical status? What is the role played in this process by cultural and historical contexts? Who or what is excluded from such a canon? Are there any common features to canonical literary texts? Are these contested? How did linguistic, literary, cultural traits of such canonical texts evolve over the course of centuries?

6 points

Students are able to (1) attain a high competency in oral and written French (at least Level C1 of the CEFR); (2) achieve a high level of competency in research skills, interpersonal and independent learning skills in French studies in readiness for possible postgraduate studies; (3) gain a broader knowledge and understanding of the French literary canon; and (4) engage critically with issues regarding the formation of literary canons in terms of historical contexts and cultural forces.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) seminar preparation and participation in discussions; (2) in-class compositions; and (3) exposés. 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)
Dr Paul Gibbard
Contact hours
seminars: 1 x 2 hours per week (for 12 weeks)
  • 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.