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BA History and French / Course details
Year of entry: 2023
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Course unit details:
Media, Performance, And Digital Cultures in Contemporary France
|Unit level||Level 2|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Offered by||French Studies|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
This unit examines how contemporary French artists, playwrights and authors have experimented with various media (radio, tape recorders, films, the Internet and YouTube) and platforms (festivals, museums, conferences, happenings), to invent new and sometimes destabilizing and daring art forms, art objects and creative practices. For instance, we will study how texts incorporate filmic or pictorial fragments. We will see how digital platforms invite artists and authors to reconsider the nature of writing. More importantly, we will ask ourselves how we respond to new forms of artistic expressions. Introductory lectures and seminars will examine key concepts such as ‘media’, ‘digital practice’, ‘artistic consumption’ and ‘performance’. In the course of the semester, we will watch and analyze short video clips, theatrical performances and digital art.
To familiarise students:
to familiarise students with key developments in French culture from a formal, social and political perspective.
to introduce students to the study of Media in order to enable the analysis of literary, visual and audio-visual artwork from modernity to the present day.
to provide an overview of the different issues of cultural representation;
to encourage and enable students to verbalise and intellectualise their emotional response to a wide range of practices.
Knowledge and understanding
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of some of the major aspects of Contemporary related to media
Understanding digital culture in France today
Understanding the differences between genres and medias
Contextualise, analyze and discuss literary, visual and audio-visual material in a structured fashion
apply critically terminology and conceptual frameworks derived from media studies.
Demonstrate the ability to carry out individual research for coursework essays, and express ideas and arguments coherently and convincingly in time-limited constraints
using an appropriate level of academic writing and exemplification.
Transferable skills and personal qualities
Demonstrate powers of analysis;
manage word-count effectively when writing coursework;
manage time effectively when writing in exam conditions; participate in seminars;
work as part of a group;
assess the relevance of existing literature through independent research;
seek advice and feedback and develop confidence.
- Time management Responding to instructions Independent research; initiative Intercultural awareness Coherent expression (orally and in writing)
Formative or Summative
Weighting within unit (if summative)
Essay plan (prep for essay)
Formative or Summative
Individual written feedback on formative tasks
Individual written feedback on ACW and exam
A selection of short texts
One play by either Jan Fabre or Romeo Castellucci
A selection of digital art pieces
Debray, Régis, Cours de médiologie générale (Paris : Gallimard, 1991).
Grafton, Anthony La Page de l’Antiquité à l’ère Numérique (Paris : Hazan, 2015).
Jean-Jacques Lebel, Poésie directe des Happenings à Polyphonix. Entretiens avec Arnaud Labelle-Rojoux et quelques documents (Paris Opus International, 1994)
Jay David Bolter and Richard Grusin, Remediation: Understanding the New Media (London, MIT Press, 2000)
Lionel Ruffel and Olivia Rosenthal (eds), La littérature exposée. Les écritures contemporaines hors du livre, in Littérature, 2010, 4 (160).
Lionel Ruffel and Olivia Rosenthal (eds), La littérature exposée 2, La littérature exposée 2, in Littérature, 2018, 4 (192).
Hans-Thies Lehmann, Le théâtre postdramatique (Paris : L’Arche, 2002
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|Jeff Barda||Unit coordinator|