FRE 326H1S

Contemporary French Literature




Marked by experimentation with representational modes and a lively debate about literary commitment, French literature of the 20th and 21st centuries has undergone numerous transformations in form, content, and generic boundaries. This course studies some key literary movements of this period in prose fiction, poetry and theatre. Movements such as French modernism, surrealism, existentialism, and postmodernism will be examined.

Required texts:

APOLLINAIRE, Guillaume, Alcools, Paris, Larousse, « Petits Classiques Larousse », 2013; HUSTON, Nancy, Nord perdu, Arles, Actes Sud, « Babel », 2004; LEROY-TERQUEM, Mélanie (éd.), Le surréalisme. Anthologie, Paris, Flammarion, 2006; PEREC, Georges, Les choses, Paris, Pocket, 2007; VERCORS, Le silence de la mer, Paris, LGF, 2018.

Assignments and evaluation:

Test 1 (20%); Reading Tests (3 x 5%); Essay (30%); Test 2 (25%); Overall assessment (10%).


FRE 240H1/FRE245H, FRE241H1/FRE246H1.