FRE 246H1S

Introduction to French Literary Analysis


A. Motsch


This course provides a general introduction to French and francophone literature of different genres and period. Special emphasis will be placed on the methodology of literary analysis with the goal of helping students to improve their ability to write literary essays. Among the questions to be explored are: What are the rules and conventions of scholarly writing? How does on develop and structure arguments to ensure a paper is well organized? How are rhetorical devices analyzed? When and how should bibliographical references be inserted? This course will help you to write a textual analysis, to develop an argumentation and to deepen your knowledge about French and francophone literature.

Required books: Voltaire, Candide; Wajdi Mouawad, Ciels.

Some excerpts from Jean-Paul Sartre, Huis clos; Corneille, Le Cid.

Assignments and evaluation: Test 1 (in class): 20 %; Test 2 (in class) 25 %; Essay: 30%; Exercices: 20 %; 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: FRE245H1 and FSL 221Y1 or, upon first FRE /FSL enrolment, equivalent as determined by the French Placement Test.

Exclusion: FRE 241H1