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FR324 Formative Essay Titles

In addition to the summative work that you are REQUIRED to complete for this module, you have the OPTION to write formative assignments 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 assessments. Please choose from the titles below.


Term 1

Please write 1500-2000 words on ONE of the following topics, for submission in week 8 (Friday 25 November):

  1. Examine the treatment of masculinity in any ONE OR MORE of the books you have read this term.
  2. Critically analyse the role of social class in Emmanuel Carrère's L'Adversaire.
  3. Examine the depiction of mental illness in Delphine de Vigan's Rien ne s'oppose à la nuit.
  4. How can race, gender and religion be seen to intersect in Michel Houellebecq's Soumission?
  5. Analyse the presentation of work in Nina Bouraoui's Standard.
  6. Write a commentary on ONE of the following passages:

L'Adversaire, Folio edition p. 62 'Il avait une autre raison de s'inscrire...' to p. 65 '...on ne m'imaginait pas moi non plus.'

Rien ne s'oppose à la nuit, Livre de poche edition, p. 78 'Dans le fichier Word...' to p. 80 '...de total mystère.'


Term 2

Please write 1500-2000 words on ONE of the following topics, for submission in week 9 (Thursday 9 March):

  1. Discuss the narrrative structure of Thierry Beinstingel's Ils désertent.
  2. Examine the portrayal of life on the streets in Virginie Despentes's Vernon Subutex.
  3. In what ways does Joy Sorman's Comme une bête encourage the reader to empathise with animals?
  4. Discuss the representation of America in Tanguy Viel's La Disparition de Jim Sullivan.
  5. Write a commentary on ONE of the following passages:
    • Thierry Beinstingel, Ils désertent, ch. 22.
    • Virginie Despentes, Vernon Subutex, vol. 1, last 2 pages ('Quand le silence se fait [...] à Paris.')