The autobiographical novel

Course Information
TitleΤο αυτοβιογραφικό μυθιστόρημα / The autobiographical novel
Title in FrenchLe roman autobiographique
SchoolFrench Language and Literature
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate, 2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID280006414

Class Information
Academic Year2017 – 2018
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2016-2020
  • Scientific Area
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
The course is also offered to exchange programme students.
Language of Instruction
  • French (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
The main objective of this academic course is the detailed study of the French autobiographical novel characteristics during the latest 20th century. Thanks to the study of certain contemporary autobiographical novels, students are trained to develop critical abilities for better comprehension of novels of this category.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Appreciate diversity and multiculturality
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
This academic course concerns mainly the academic novel of the latest 20th century. The syllabus contains a brief presentation of the evolution and characteristics of traditional autobiography, as well as certain issues about literary themes and style. The main objective of the course is to examine some characteristics of modern autobiography, such as “autofiction” and “autoreflexion”. For this purpose, the course is based upon various comparative studies, but focuses in particular on Alain Robbe-Grillet’s autobiographical Trilogy entitled “ Les Romanesques” and Marguerite Duras’s novel, "The Lover" .
Modern Autobiography, autofiction, "Nouveau Roman"Alain Robbe-Grillet, Marguerite Duras
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
Course Organization
Reading Assigment210.8
Student Assessment
Oral examination at thw end of the semester
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Short Answer Questions (Summative)
  • Oral Exams (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Elisabeth Mamakouka,« ‘Ιnstantanés’ et jeux de miroirs. Les enjeux narratifs d’une autobiographie insolite : Les Romanesques d’Alain Robbe-Grillet », Thessalonique, University Studio Press, 2010.
Additional bibliography for study
J. Philippe Miraux, L’autobiographie, Nathan 128, 1996 B. Didier, Le Journal intime, PUF, 1976. J. et E. Lecarme, L’Autobiographie, Armand Colin, 1999. P. Lejeune, Le Pacte autobiographique, Seuil, 1975. J. Rousset, Narcisse romancier, Corti, 1986. A. Buisine, « Le biographique », Revue de sciences humaines, n° 224, 1991; D. Madelénat, La Biographie, PUF, 1984; Maurois, Aspects de la biographie, Grasset, 1930; P. Murray Kendall, L’Art de la biographie, George Allen and Linwim, 1965.
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