FRE 446H1S

Advanced Studies in Literary Theory: Anthropology and Literature


G. Holtz


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