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FRE 240H1F
Introduction to Literary Analysis


S. Sacré


This course is essentially a practical introduction to concepts, methods and problems of literary analysis. The corpus will consist of French literary texts from various genres (poetry, novel, theatre, e) and periods. Among the literary elements that will be considered are narrative and dramatic structures, time, space, figures, sign, metric, prosody, genre, description… The main objective of the course is to allow students to master the basic tools and techniques of literary analysis and to be able to use them in short and long essays.

Required texts: MOLIERE, Dom Juan, (any edition in french), CAMUS, L’Etranger, Gallimard, GAGNON et al., Guide des procédés d’écriture, ERPI, Québec, 2007.

Assignments and evaluation: 67% Term work [Take-home essay (35%); oral presentation (20%); in-class test (20%); weekly quizzes (15%); overall assessment (10%)] + 33% three-hour final university examination.

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: FSL 221Y1 or, upon first FRE /FSL enrolment, equivalent as determined by the French Placement Test.


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