FRE 210H1S

Introduction to Quebec Literature and Culture


R. Saverino


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 given to techniques of analysis and literary criticism as applied to narrative and poetic texts. As a supplement to the reading material, a feature film will be presented in class.

Required texts: 

(a selection of poetic and short narrative texts will be handed out in class); Conan, Laure, Angéline de Montbrun, Montréal, Boréal, 2012 (1882); Farhoud, Abla, Le bonheur a la queue glissante, Montréal, Typo, 2010 (1998); Gill, Marie-Andrée, Béante, Saguenay, La Peuplade, 2015 (2012).

Assignments and evaluation:

Take-home exam (15%); Textual analysis 2 (35%); Test 1 (15%); Test 2 (25%); Overall assessment (10%).


FSL 221Y1 or, upon first FRE/FSL enrolment, equivalent as determined by the French Placement Test.