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FRE 245H1F
Introduction to French Cultural & Literary Studies


S. Sacré


This course is a practical introduction to concepts, methods and problems of literary analysis as well as an overview of French artistic culture. Using elements of comparison from fine arts, contemporary and popular culture (including novels and movies) and a variety of emblematic works of French and Francophone literatures (among others: essays by Voltaire, Montesquieu and Simone de Beauvoir; poems by Ronsard, Hugo, Baudelaire and Césaire; excerpts from novels by George Sand, Albert Camus and Patrick Chamoiseau), its objective is to provide students with a practical introduction to the tools of literary analysis, but also to help them better read, understand and appreciate literary texts.

Required texts: GAGNON et al., Guide des procédés d’écriture, ERPI, Québec, 2007.

Handouts for the course will be given in class and/or will be posted on Quercus.

Asssignment and evaluation: Online quizzes (course based): 20%; 2 take-home assignments (creative writing & cultural project): 20%; Team-based tutorial exercises: 15%; Mid-term test: 15%; End of term-test: 20%; 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.

Exclusion: FRE 240H1

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