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FRE 304H1F
Contemporary French Women's Prose Fiction


This course will examine selected prose works of contemporary French women writers of the 20th and 21st centuries, such as Marguerite Duras, Leslie Kaplan, Annie Ernaux and Marie NDiaye. Texts representing different women’s issues in contemporary society will be analyzed. Drawing on specific contemporary theories, we will study the ways in which these writers have created different representations of women’s place, of the female body, class and linguistic identity, and of literary writing itself. Particular attention will be paid to the treatment of specific issues as the relationship between the personal and the socio-political spheres, sexual difference, and gender roles.

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



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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