Advanced Studies in Literary Theory: Anthropology and Literature
This course offers an introduction to the dialogue between anthropology and literature throughout the ages. Reflexion on cultural patterns in French literary theory has been on-going beginning with Montaigne - who referenced travel accounts - to Michel Leiris - who was instrumental in the constitution of ethnology as a scientific discipline. Via close readings, this course will examine some fundamental texts and key concepts such as révolution sociologique, regard éloigné, and primitivism.
Required texts: Excerpts will be distributed by the instructor from among the works of C. Lévi-Strauss, E. Saïd, T. Cave, L. Van Delft, M. Duchet, P. Campion and V. Debaene.
Assignments and evaluation: In-class test: 30%; Short essay/Mid-term 20%; Long essay: 35%; Overall assessment: 15 %.
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, FRE 241H1/FRE 246H1, FRE 344H1