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FR230 Formative Essay Titles


In addition to the summative assignment that you may be REQUIRED to submit for this module, you have the OPTION to write a formative assignment from the list of questions given below. Please note that formative assignments are for training purposes only and do not count as part of your final degree classification.

We strongly recommend that you submit a formative assignment as it will enable you to hone the skills developed in this module and to prepare for your summative assessment(s).

Deadline for formative assignments:

All formative assignments must be submitted to your module tutor by the beginning of week 8 in terms 1 and/or term 2. Tutors will return your marked assignment by the end of term.

You may, If you wish, discuss the same text/thinker in a summative assignment as you have discussed in a piece of formative assignment, but you must not reproduce in part or whole any of your formative assignment in your summative assignment.

You are required to submit one non-assessed essay of about 1,500 words in length for this module, and it should be handed in by week 8. These are formative essay titles, which means that you will receive feedback on your essay but the mark will not be counted toward your end-of-year assessment or degree classification.

Please note, you may not submit an essay on one of these titles for the summative end-of-year assessment. If you do so, you risk attracting a penalty of 10 marks.

Choose any one of the following:

1. ‘In Les Mots pour le dire, Cardinal uses psychoanalysis as a literary device to structure her novel. In this way, her work becomes much more than a simple description of one woman’s experience of ‘the talking cure.’ Discuss.

2. ‘Darrieussecq’s Truismes is only superficially a fantasy. Its real subject is the position of women in society today.’ Discuss.

3. To what extent can Bouraoui’s Garçon manqué be described as a feminist novel?

4. King Kong Théorie has been described as a ‘memoir-come-treatise’. How effective are the links between the personal and the theoretical in Despentes’s text?