Tuesday, March 20, 2018

salle L3

today T012

Monday, March 19, 2018

Agrégation civilisation britannique

Wednesday morning we will be working on preparing text commentaries.
If you are preparing a document which you intend to present, please send me an email. Even if you told me last week - because I have forgotten!

Update: I have one student preparing text number 9, Thatcher's speech in Brighton.And another preparing the document on the Welsh nationalists and the vote of no confidence.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

L3 Popular music : article on Notting Hill in French

We will soon be moving onto popular music. We will be analysing popular music not just as a series of (perhaps poetic) lyrics and a series of (corresponding) notes riffs and feedback, but as a set of mass activities which play particular and changing roles in people's social, emotional and spiritual lives.

You will be being encouraged to take a wide view of popular music inside the history of society.

This article in French looks at music coming from immigrants to the UK, and some of the social and political meanings it has taken on. Do read it.


Saturday, March 17, 2018

Friday, March 16, 2018

L3 popular culture

It will take me a few weeks to mark your classroom test (because there is a heap of other things to do). Next week, I will finish with TV and radio and begin on the history of popular music.

The press in the UK

The British have always read a lot of newspapers. The printed press is under pressure though, from purely online publications. See this article


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Life is changing in the UK

In order to calculate the rise in the cost of living, statistical agencies base their work on a "typical" week's shopping (a "shopping basket"). But what is typical ?


Examen L3

Cet après midi T007

Saturday, March 10, 2018


congratulations, you have ( I assume) survived the written exams. Next class Wednesday 8.30 am! We will be looking at some of the documents in the booklet: for example the first one and the last one.

Monday, March 05, 2018

10 ans déjà

Le mois prochain ce teaching blog fête ses dix ans!

Thursday, March 01, 2018

Master LEA Women in the USA

You will find here the powerpoint we saw in class on this question.

And here the recording of the second lecture on the question of women's rights in the US.

Keywords: podcast, women in the US , history.

Good luck

Good luck to all those taking the written papers for the agrégation externe next week! Let me know how you get on.

L3 visual art in Britain since 1945

You will find here part two of the talks on visual art, in Mp3 format.

And here the powerpoint presentation we saw in class.

These will help you revise. The classroom test on the 13th will be a general question, which you are excpected to discuss, and apply to some of the kinds of cultural production we have seen.

Girls clothes

We were looking at this issue in our M2 seminar, for the 1970s. But it is still an issue today.


Monday, February 26, 2018

Agrégation préparation civilisation

Remember  you need to choose one of the documents in the booklet and send me an email saying that you are going to do a commentary on that document.

Milk in Britain


L3 popular culture dates

This week on Tuesday, I will be going through a little more on visual art, and beginning to talk about television.

After the break, on Tuesday 13th March, there will be a classroom test (DST). This is the one that counts for 15%. It will be in the form of a general essay question.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

L3 the Turner Prize

The most prestigious contemporary art prize in Britain, which is worth  £25 000, is the Turner Prize. Here is an article about the 2017 winner:


Spare Rib archives

Simple video explanation for Spare Rib archive


salles de la semaine

mardi M1 LEA L101
mardi M2 seminar L311
mardi L3 civilisation T007

mercredi Thème F101

Agreg interne A506
Capes interne A506

Friday, February 23, 2018

L3 orals

All students taking the L3 civilisation course must take the L3 oral exam, which is based on a booklet of documents. This includes all erasmus students.

Cours de Thème agrégation

In this week's class we will be looking at the passage by Carole Martinez. You may send me your translations until Sunday evening.

Brexit et concours

18 months ago I gave this talk in French "Comprendre le Brexit", which you may find useful:


Thursday, February 22, 2018

L3: Popular Culture and Visual Art

You will find here the recording in Mp3 of the first class on British visual art since 1945.

Just click here.

keywords: podcast, British history, history of art, British art since 1945, Lowry, Emin, moore, Hepworth, Goldsworthy, fourth plinth, university lecture, mp3

L3 Powerpoint on cultural studies theory

You will find here the powerpoint we saw in class concerning Adorno, Hoggart, Williams, Hebdige etc.

Just click here

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

L3 civilisation

La composition de la note:

15% Controle continu civi GB
15% Controle continu civi US
70% examen de fin de semestre  (US ou GB, vous ne le savez que le jour de l'examen).

Ces 100% valent 60% de la note finale de l'UE, les autres 40% étant basés sur l'oral à base d'une série de textes à étudier.

L3 Popular Culture

Here is an article on Young British Artists from 2017