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FRE 344H1F
Literary Theory


G. Holtz


Description: This course will focus on the various theories and methods of literary analysis and interpretation as proposed by major literary theoreticians of the 20th century, such as Jakobson, Barthes, Foucault, Genette, Benveniste, Bakhtine, Greenblatt, Maingueneau, among others. Students will read the original writings of these theoreticians, rather than summaries written by other scholars. Different approaches will be studied (rhetoric, poetic, stylistics, narratology, sociocriticism, thematic, among others) as well as important notions, such as intertextuality, author, focalization, metaphor, archetype, connotation, and social discourse. The relevance of such notions for literary studies will be demonstrated by frequent close analysis of a variety of prose and poetry texts in class.

Required texts: Course pack will be available via the Blackboard course website.

Assignments and evaluation: Quiz 1 (10%); Quiz 2 (20%); short textual analysis (25%); essay (textual analysis; 35%); 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.


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

History of the Department

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