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FRE 246H1S
Introduction to French Literary Analysis


G. Holtz


This course provides a general introduction to French and francophone literature of different genres and period. Special emphasis will be placed on the methodology of literary analysis with the goal of helping students to improve their ability to write literary essays. Among the questions to be explored are: What are the rules and conventions of scholarly writing? How does on develop and structure arguments to ensure a paper is well organized? How are rhetorical devices analyzed? When and how should bibliographical references be inserted? This course will help you to write a textual analysis, to develop an argumentation and to deepen your knowledge about French and francophone literature.

Required books: Voltaire, Candide; Wajdi Mouawad, Ciels.

Some excerpts from Jean-Paul Sartre, Huis clos; Corneille, Le Cid.

Assignments and evaluation: Test 1 (in class): 20 %; Test 2 (in class) 25 %; Essay: 30%; Exercices: 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 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)