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FR120 Formative work

Term 1 Formative (non-assessed) Essays 2015

Write an essay of 1200 - 1500 words on ONE of the following questions:

  1. Analyse the significance of the nightingale in Marie de France's 'Le rossignol'.
  2. Discuss Christine de Pizan's view of marriage in the Livre de la Cite des Dames.
  3. To what extent and in what ways does Christine de Pizan's representation of women in the Livre de la Cite des Dames challenge received wisdom about women in the period in which she was writing?
  4. Analyse the importance of the prologue of Rabelais' Gargantua in the light of the work as a whole.
  5. Analyse the use of scatological and colloquial language in Rabelais’ Gargantua.
  6. To what extent and in what ways does the Abbaye de Thélème episode of Rabelais’ Gargantua represent a break from the rest of the text?
  7. Analyse the role that violence plays in Rabelais’ Gargantua.

Submission deadline for formative essay: Friday 27th November 12 noon.

Please read carefully the directions for submission set out on the First-Year E-Submission page.

Please submit your essay on tabula HERE 

If you are unable to submit the essay by its due date, please apply for an extension using Tabula by following the instructions HERE 

Preparing for and getting the most out of classes

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    • preparing for lectures
    • preparing for seminars
    • producing written work
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Preparing written work

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Marking, correction and feedback

  • Your tutor will return your work to you with added comments and an overall mark. It is important to read through comments carefully. Your tutors may also suggest further useful reading. You will have the opportunity to discuss the work you have prepared in class.
  • Find out about the SMLC marking scheme.