FRE 246H1S

Introduction to French Literary Analysis


G. Holtz


This course provides a general introduction to French and francophone literature of different genres and periods. Special emphasis will be placed on concepts, methods, and problems 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 one develop and structure arguments to ensure that a paper is well organized? How are rhetorical devices analyzed? When and how should bibliographical references be inserted?

Required books:

Voltaire, Candide. An electronic version of this novel may be found on It will be used for lexical statistics. Guy de Maupassant, Boule de suif. Articles will be available on Blackboard.

Film :

to be announced

Assignments and evaluation:

In class test (10%); Written work (1300-1500 mots) (40%); Second test (in-class or take home) (15%); Two exercises /homeworks (in class or take home) (20%); Overall Assessment (15%).

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.