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FRE 345H1F
Literary Genres


R. Le Huenen


A survey of the history and theory of the main literary genres and an analysis of their features: narrative (epic poem, novel, short narrative); lyric poetry in its various forms; drama (tragedy, comedy, farce, mystery play); essay, through readings of selected texts chosen for their representative potential and their historical relevance. The main component of the course will be an in-depth reading of sonnets from the 16th to the 19th century, and a comparative study of Greek and French tragedies. This course offers an excellent opportunity to gain a wider knowledge of the various forms of literature and to explore lesser-known genres.

Required texts : Sophocle, Œdipe-Roi, Coll. Le théâtre de poche, Le Livre de poche; Racine, La Thébaïde, in Théâtre complet I, Folio Classique; Cocteau, La Machine infernale, Le Livre de poche. Poetry material will be handed out in class.

Assignments and evaluation: Essay (40%); textual analysis (25%); term test (25%); overall assessment (10%)

The Department takes into account the quality of students' French as one of the criteria in the evaluation of assignments and examinations. A minimum of 20% of the grade will be allocated to this aspect of written assignments.

Prerequisite: FRE 240H1

Recommended preparation: FRE 241H1



This course is found in the following categories:


Revue Arborescences

Considérant que rien de ce qui touche la langue française ne lui est étranger, la revue Arborescences se veut un espace de réflexion sur les enjeux actuels des études françaises aussi bien en littérature, en linguistique qu’en didactique.

History of the Department

165 years of French Studies at the University of Toronto (1853-2018)


Estimant que rien de ce qui touche la langue française ne lui est étranger, la revue électronique Arborescences veut offrir un espace de réflexion sur des questions d’importance en études françaises, relevant aussi bien de la didactique que de la lit