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FRE 210H1S
Introduction to Quebec Literature and Culture


A study of various aspects of Québec culture such as literature, cinema, art and language, and their role in the evolution of a distinct Québec society. The course will also familiarize students with important socio-historical events in the development of Québec society, in order to facilitate a better understanding and appreciation of Québec literature. Special attention will be paid to techniques of analysis and literary criticism as applied to novels, plays and poetry. As a supplement to the reading material, feature films will be presented in class.

Required texts: (a selection of poetic and short narrative texts will be handed out in class) BESSETTE, Gérard, Le Libraire, Montréal, Éditions Pierre Tisseyre, 1995 (1960), 144 p. ISBN-13 : 978-2890515000; POULIN, Jacques, Les grandes marées, Montréal, Leméac, « Babel », 2011 (1978), 224 p. ISBN-13: 978-2742706792; THUY, Kim, Ru, Paris, Le livre de poche, « Littérature et documents », 2012 (2009), 216 p. ISBN-13 : 978-2253158035

Assignments and evaluation:Textual analysis 1 (20%); Textual analysis 2 (35%); Test 1 (10%); Test 2 (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: 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