FRE 310H1S

Relations between Text and Other Media


R. Saverino


Literary texts and other forms of media have been associated in a fascinating relation in thousands of works of French literature. Through the in-depth study of interdisciplinary theoretical texts focused on photography, painting, and cinema studies, this course aims to explore this inextricable weaving together of verbal and visual experiences as it pertains to literature. The interartistic comparison of verbal and visual media has been a dominant model for interdisciplinary studies and will serve as a basis for our analysis of several literary and artistic practices. While allowing us to sort out the differences and similarities between literature and various forms of visual representations, this course will also seek to explore the practical and methodological implications of word and image studies, to better understand the challenges of studying literature in the era of the “pictorial turn “ and the dominance of visuality.

Required Texts : (Subject to change)

Hémon, Louis. Maria Chapdelaine. Montréal : Les éditions du Boréal, 1988. Proulx, Monique. Homme invisible à la fenêtre. Montréal : Les éditions du Boréal, 2001; Satrapi, Marjane. Persepolis. (Tome 1). Paris : L’Association, 2000; Supervielle, Silvia Baron. Lettres à des photographies. Paris : Gallimard, 2013.

Assignments and Evaluation :

  • In-class Test/Textual Analysis (60 minutes) (25%)
  • Essay [6 pages] (35%)
  • Term Test (110 minutes) (25%)
  • Overall Assessment (15%)


FRE 240H1/FRE245H, FRE241H1/FRE246H1.