French Literature

Postgraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content

One or two French literary works will be studied via several different perspectives, for example: thematic, rhetorical, narratological, literary history. This can also involve studying the work(S) via adaptations, such as film, cartoons, or other literary works based on the original text(s). Dimensions of the texts related to cultural or literary-historical context, history of ideas, or genre will be a central aspect of the course.

Learning Outcomes

Learning outcome

Candidates who have completed this course

  • have extended knowledge about French literature and can apply various analytical perspectives to literary texts
  • have a profound knowledge of one or two central works of French literature
  • can discuss the relation between various texts in French with a critical approach to the texts
  • masters academic presentations in oral and written French
  • have the capacity to structure and formulate ideas clearly and insightfully

ECTS Credits


Level of Study

Master¿s level

Semester of Instruction


Place of Instruction

Bergen and Trondheim
Required Previous Knowledge
No formal requirement, but see Recommended Previous Knowledge.
Recommended Previous Knowledge
100 or 200 level French or the equivalent
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
Not relevant
Access to the Course
The course is open to students enrolled in the Master¿s program in French and Foreign Language Teacher Education (French), Master's, 5 years, at the University of Bergen.
Teaching and learning methods

Lectures and/or seminars. Teaching is offered in cooperation with the University of Trondheim (NTNU), predominantly as an on-line course.

There may also be some shared classes for students in the NORPART- master´s courses/program.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

One 15 minute oral presentation about a chosen research question related to the reading list.

1 written assignment of around 800 words: a summary of a reading list article which gives weight to the article¿s structure and argumentation. The assignment should also contain a final critical section, where the article¿s strengths and weaknesses are discussed.

Mandatory assignments are valid for one additional semester following the semester of instruction.

Forms of Assessment

The assessment is a term paper of around 3000 words on a given topic (three weeks). The exam must be answered in French.

Students will be offered supervision during the exam.

Grading Scale
The exam is marked on a scale from A to F, where F means that the candidate fails.
Assessment Semester
Fall. Students with approvals on their mandatory assignments may also be assessed early in the spring semester.
Reading List

A compendium consisting of texts on literary theory, in addition to one or two novels and possible adaptations.

The compendium will be made available at

The reading list will be published by 1 June for the autumn semester, and by 1 December for the spring semester.

Course Evaluation
The evaluation is conducted in accordance with the quality control system of the University of Bergen.
Examination Support Material
Does not apply.
Programme Committee
The program committee is responsible for the academic content and structure of the program and for the quality of the program and all the courses that comprise it.
Course Coordinator
The program committee for French.
Course Administrator
The Faculty of the Humanities through the Department of Foreign Languages is responsible for the administration of the course and the program as such.