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FR231 - Modern Masterpieces

  • Module code: FR231
  • Module name: Modern Masterpieces
  • Department: School of Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

Through this module you will become familiar with the texts most popularly associated with four major and internationally-acclaimed writers of the modern period .We start with the inimitable Proust who records his own vision of the wicked and decadent society of the Belle Epoque or Naughty Nineties while at the same time looking at the nature and function of memory (Combray). Led by the controversial figure of André Gide we next travel through France and Italy to North Africa on a voyage of self-discovery (L'Immoraliste). Following this, a fellow Nobel prizewinner Albert Camus offers us, with ironic topicality, an examination of a biological weapon we may already be carrying within us (La Peste). And finally we take a look, in his first novel (La Nausée) at the bizarre world of the famous existentialist Jean-Paul Sartre and evaluate the relationship between external reality, words and music.

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: FR231-15)
A (Assessed work only) 4000-4500 word essay 100%
C1 (Assessed/examined work) 2000-2500 word essay 50%
  1 hour examination (Summer) 50%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • Undergraduate Politics, International Studies and French (M163) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Politics, International Studies and French (M163) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate French with Sociology (R1L3) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate French Studies with Portuguese (R1R5) - Year 2
  • Undergraduate Italian and European Literature (RQ32) - Year 3
  • Undergraduate History of Art and French (V3R1) - Year 2