Que peut la littérature? (FRNC2657)


This unit focuses on the power of literature: what can literature do? It explores literature as a mode of action and provides students with a methodology for understanding how symbolic meanings are created in literary texts. Drawing on Systemic Functional Linguistics, this unit will focus on the language of one of the most influential writers of the 20th century, Simone de Beauvoir, in order to illustrate how her texts contribute a vision of the world that promotes action, choice and responsibility. Students will develop new ways of reading and analysing literary texts.

Further unit of study information


1x2hr seminar/week


2x online research tasks equivalent to 1000wds total weekly (20%), 1x1000wd in class written assignment (20%), 1x4000wd final text analysis (60%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

FRNC1632 or FRNC2633 or FRNC3621 or FRNC2628



Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.