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XBC 199Y1Y
Reflections on Women of Colour


G. Paray


The objective of this course is to help students develop their critical thinking and communication skills through thought-provoking discussions that will focus on issues surrounding women of colour from different national, ethnic and religious backgrounds. Our reflections on women of colour will be centered around the study of novels, short stories and articles written by them as well as movies made by them or inspired by their stories. We will also explore a number of issues among which: the effects of colonialism, slavery and patriarchy on modern women, the conflict between tradition and modernity, male-female relationships, female-female relationships, sexism, and racism.

Required texts: Consult instructor.

Assignments and evaluation: In-class tests: 40%; online quizzes on movies: 35%; assignment 10%; in-class movie presentation: 5%; overall assessment: 10%.

Prerequisite: None.


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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

French Studies at the University of Toronto 1853-1993


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