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Unit information: Comic Drama 1550 - 1789 in 2015/16

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Unit name Comic Drama 1550 - 1789
Unit code FREN30052
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Forman
Open unit status Not open




School/department Department of French
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

Comic Drama 1550 - 1789. This unit will cover a wide range of comic texts, exploring how and why dramatists of the period sought to make people (the general public, the intelligentsia and the court) laugh. In investigating this, account will be taken of contemporary and more recent theories of the comic (Corneille, Moliere, Diderot, Beaumarchais, Bergson, Bakhtine, etc.).

Intended Learning Outcomes

Successful students will:

  • be knowledgable about a significant cultural, historical or linguistic subject related to the language they are studying;
  • will have advanced skills in the selection and synthesis of relevant material;
  • be able to evaluate and analyse relevant material from a significant body of source materials, usually in a foreign language, at an advanced level;
  • be able to respond to questions or problems by presenting their independent judgements in an appropriate style and at an advanced level of complexity;
  • be able to transfer these skills to other working environments, including postgraduate study.

Teaching Information

Two seminar hours per week across one teaching block

Assessment Information

One 3000-word essay plus 3-hour exam (33%/ 67%)

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