FRE 344H1F

Literary Theory


P. Thériault


An introduction to literary theory through the study of particular theories underlying specific (rhetorical, historical, semiotic, pragmatic, sociological) approaches to the literary text. Concepts and problems central to literary theory, and the writings of major critics and theoreticians like Roland Barthes, Pierre Bourdieu, Judith Butler, Stanley Fish, Gérard Genette, Roman Jakobson will be examined. The relevance of theory will be demonstrated by frequent close analysis of a variety of prose and poetry texts in class.

Required texts: Course pack will be available on the Quercus platform.

Assignments and evaluation: Test 1 (10%); Test 2 (15%); Test 3 (25%); Essay (40%); Overall assessment (10%).

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.

Prerequisite: FRE 240H1/FRE 245H1

Recommended preparation: FRE 241H1/FRE 246H1