FRE 441H1

Advanced Topics in French Literature: The Writings of New France


A. Motsch


Focusing on literature from the beginning of French colonization in New France to the 18th Century, this course covers texts of various themes, periods and genres. Close readings of selected texts will advance students’ skills in literary analysis while offering precious insights into the early life in Canada e.g. everyday life in the colony, the relationships between newcomers and natives, the ties of the colony to France and this on the backdrop of French Canada's place in the emergence of the transatlantic colonial world.

Required texts:

A selection from authors like Jacques Cartier, Samuel de Champlain, Paul Lejeune, Jean de Brébeuf, Gabriel Sagard, Pierre Boucher, Marie de l’Incarnation, Baron Lahontan, Bacqueville de la Potherie, Joseph-François Lafitau, Élisabeth Bégon, Emmanuel Crespel.

Assignments and evaluation:

Two term tests 30% (2 x 15%); a class presentation 20%; one written assignment 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.


FRE 240H1/FRE 245H1, FRE 241H1/FRE 246H1, FRE 344H1