FRE 446H1

Advanced Studies in Literary Theory:


J. LeBlanc


In the past decades humanity scholars have displayed a renewed interest for "life-narratives". Writers and theorists generally refer to different autobiographical sub-genres (diaries, mémoire, letters and autobiographies) in their attempts to distinguish between various forms of life narratives (“récits de soi”). Despite their distinct characteristics, these various forms of autobiographical writings all paint an intimate portrait of the writer and his/her historical and cultural context. The use of photographic/cinematographic images within some of the autobiographical narratives studied during our seminar invites us to briefly look at theories of photography and cinematic adaptation to enhance our readings of Ernaux, Hébert, Lartigue and Lilar’s illustrated life narratives. In brief, this spectacular corpus of contemporary literary texts will allow us to analyze the different trajectories which link and differentiate these various autobiographical genres and to identify specific textual/visual strategies used by these different writers in their autobiographical endeavors.

Required texts:

Ernaux, Annie. Les années (in Écrire la vie); Hébert, Anne. Les Fous de Bassan.

Assignments and evaluation:

one essay, 40%; one short textual analysis 30%; one end of term in-class test 15% ; overall assessment 15%.


FRE240H1/FRE245H1, FRE241H1/FRE246H1, FRE 345H1.