FRE 246H1S

Introduction to French Literary Analysis


G. Holtz


Survey and practical applications of various tools for literary research, printed and digitalized: catalogues, bibliographies, dictionaries, encyclopaedia, websites, databases, as well as the different types of text editions. Special emphasis will be put on the use of quantitative analysis as a tool for literary interpretation that will be part of the assessment. Some sessions will take place at the library, in order for students to get familiarized with the “researcher’s everyday life”. Integral to the course are the rules and conventions of scholarly writing, learning how to organize a paper, what style to use, how to develop and prioritize arguments, how to use and formulate footnotes, when and how to insert bibliographical references, page-setting and material presentation of papers and dissertations.

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.


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