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FRE 310H1S
Relations between Text and Other Media


Literary texts and other forms of media have been associated in a fascinating relation in thousands of works of French literature. Through the in-depth study of interdisciplinary theoretical texts focused on photography, painting, and cinema studies, this course aims to explore this inextricable weaving together of verbal and visual experiences as it pertains to literature. The interartistic comparison of verbal and visual media has been a dominant model for interdisciplinary studies and will serve as a basis for our analysis of several literary and artistic practices. While allowing us to sort out the differences and similarities between literature and various forms of visual representations, this course will also seek to explore the practical and methodological implications of word and image studies, to better understand the challenges of studying literature in the era of the “pictorial turn “ and the dominance of visuality.


Required texts: TBA

Assignments and evaluation: long essay, 40%; first in-class test 20%; term test 25% and overall assessment 15%.

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