French Courses

 

Summer 2017

Summer 2017

FREN101 Beginners' French I Sections

Grammar, composition, reading and oral practice. Not available to students with the prerequisite for FREN 102.

[accordions collapsible=true active=false style=accordion-container] [accordion title="Course Description - Summer 2017" style="accordion-style1"] FREN 101 is the first of two courses for beginners, FREN 101 – 102, which make up a program for students who have not yet reached the grade 11 level of French. The objective of the course is the acquisition of basic comprehension, communication, and writing skills. The courses, of a "blended"and "enriched" approach, aim to provide students with a solid grounding in French grammar and the development of an awareness of the language's structures, and to act as a useful introduction to French and Francophone culture. If you are unsure whether this is the appropriate level of French course for you, click here. Further information on the course is at http://blogs.ubc.ca/fren101 Required text: Manley, Smith, McMinn, Prévost, Horizons Custom package = custom text + iLrn access code (6th edition). Cengage (Nelson), 2015. Prerequisite: None Note: Not available to students with...
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FREN102 Beginners' French II Sections

Grammar, composition, reading and oral practice. Not available to students with prerequisite for FREN 111.

[accordions collapsible=true active=false style=accordion-container] [accordion title="Course Description - Summer 2017" style="accordion-style1"] FREN 102 is the second of two courses, FREN 101 – 102, which make up a program for students who have not yet reached the grade 11 level of French.  The objective of the course is the acquisition of basic comprehension, communication, and writing skills. The courses, of a "blended" and "enriched" approach, aim to provide students with a solid grounding in French grammar and the development of an awareness of the language's structures, and to act as a useful introduction to French and Francophone culture. If you are unsure whether this is the appropriate level of French course for you, click here. Further information on the course is at http://blogs.ubc.ca/fren102 Required text: Manley, Smith, McMinn, Prévost, Horizons Custom package = custom text + iLrn access code...
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FREN111 Intermediate French I Sections

Not available for credit to students with FREN 12, FREN 112 or equivalent.

A low intermediate course for non-specialists, focused on the discovery and appreciation of diverse aspects of francophone culture, based on printed documents, audio-visual material and the Internet. If you are unsure whether this is the appropriate level of French course for you, click here. Required text: Course materials will be available on-line. Prerequisite: One of FREN 11, FREN 102 or equivalent Note: Not available for credit to students with FREN 12, FREN 112 or equivalent. Course Registration  
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FREN112 Intermediate French II Sections

Not available for credit to students with FREN 12.

FREN 112 is the continuation of FREN 111: A low intermediate course for non-specialists, focused on the discovery and appreciation of diverse aspects of francophone culture, based on printed documents, audio-visual material and the Internet. If you are unsure whether this is the appropriate level of French course for you, click here. Required text: Course materials will be available on-line. Prerequisite: FREN 111 or equivalent Note: Successful completion of FREN 112 satisfies the Faculty of Arts Language Requirement. Not available for credit to students with FREN 12. Course Registration  
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FREN220 Introduction to Early French Literature and to Textual Analysis Sections

Students will familiarize themselves with techniques of literary analysis, as applied to representative works from the Middle Ages to the 17th century, including theatre, fiction, poetry and non-fiction prose. To be taken by all students intending to proceed to the Minor, Major or Honours program.

Introduction to Early French Literature and to Textual Analysis Students will familiarize themselves with techniques of literary analysis, as applied to representative works from the Middle Ages to the 17th century, including theatre, fiction, poetry and non-fiction prose. To be taken by all students intending to proceed to the Minor, Major or Honours program. Texts: Annie Colognat-Barès (éd.), Anthologie de la poésie française de Villon à Verlaine Marie de France, Le Lai de Lanval Montaigne, Les Essais – choix de textes (Larousse) Molière, Le Tartuffe plus photocopied texts Prerequisite: FREN 123 or assignment based on placement test. Note: To be taken by all students intending to proceed to the Minor, Major or Honours program in French. Language of Instruction: French Course Registration
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FREN409C Studies in French Literature of the Seventeenth Century - FR 17TH CENT LIT Sections

Topics may include works by Corneille, Racine, Molire, Descartes, Pascal, La Fontaine, and Mme de la Fayette.

Mensonge(s), mariage et mobiles maléfiques [cross-listed with FREN 503A] Dans ce cours, nous étudierons cinq textes dans lesquels les thèmes du mensonge, du mariage et des mobiles maléfiques se manifestent. Ces textes seront examinés dans leurs contextes culturels et historiques et à la lumière des théories de Christian Biet sur le théâtre et en particulier sur la tragédie. Nous tiendrons compte également des idées de Biet sur le mythe de Dom Juan et de la lecture du Dom Juan que fait Antony McKenna. Textes : Pierre Corneille, Le Menteur (Folio Théâtre) Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, dit Molière, Dom Juan (Bordas-Univers des Lettres) Molière, L’Ecole des femmes (Folio Théâtre) Racine, Britannicus (Bordas-Univers des Lettres) Textes théoriques : Christian Biet, La tragédie Christian Biet, Mille et une versions d’un mythe Antony McKenna, Molière dramaturge libertin   Prerequisite: One of FREN 320, FREN 321, FREN 330. Langue d'enseignement: français Course Registration
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FREN499 Honours Essay Sections

Honours Essay Required of all Honours candidates, the Honours Essay represents an extended personal research project (in finished form usually about 35-40 pages typewritten) carried out under the supervision of two members of the faculty. Preliminary research on the topic chosen is expected to be completed by mid-term, at which time the candidate is required to submit for approval a detailed outline of the projected work. The finished essay is due on the last day of lectures of the term. The Honours Essay is seen less as an original contribution to knowledge than as a means for providing the student with an opportunity to become familiar with the methodological problems of research as well as with the techniques and problems of scholarly writing. Students who are planning to do an Honours Essay must submit a proposal to the Major and Honours Advisor. The proposal must include a one-page abstract, a bibliography, and the...
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FREN503A Studies in Seventeenth-Century Literature - 17TH CENT FR LIT Sections

Mensonge(s), mariage et mobiles maléfiques [cross-listed with FREN 409C] Dans ce cours, nous étudierons cinq textes dans lesquels les thèmes du mensonge, du mariage et des mobiles maléfiques se manifestent. Ces textes seront examinés dans leurs contextes culturels et historiques et à la lumière des théories de Christian Biet sur le théâtre et en particulier sur la tragédie. Nous tiendrons compte également des idées de Biet sur le mythe de Dom Juan et de la lecture du Dom Juan que fait Antony McKenna. Textes : Pierre Corneille, Le Menteur (Folio Théâtre) Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, dit Molière, Dom Juan (Bordas-Univers des Lettres) Molière, L’Ecole des femmes (Folio Théâtre) Racine, Britannicus (Bordas-Univers des Lettres) Textes théoriques : Christian Biet, La tragédie Christian Biet, Mille et une versions d’un mythe Antony McKenna, Molière dramaturge libertin Langue d'enseignement: français Course Registration
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FREN548 Major Essay Sections

FREN599A Master's Thesis - MASTER'S THESIS Sections

All candidates for the M.A. degree with thesis are required to deposit in the Department a thesis of approximately 80 pages, including bibliography and notes. It must be presented in accordance with the university guidelines for the format and presentation of graduate theses. Candidates will defend their thesis during a one-hour and a half oral examination. Candidates must register in French 599 in the year in which they intend to submit the thesis. For information about your thesis preparation and submission, click here.
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FREN699 Doctoral Dissertation Sections

 

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FREN101 Beginners' French I Sections

Grammar, composition, reading and oral practice. Not available to students with the prerequisite for FREN 102.

[accordions collapsible=true active=false style=accordion-container] [accordion title="Course Description - Summer 2017" style="accordion-style1"] FREN 101 is the first of two courses for beginners, FREN 101 – 102, which make up a program for students who have not yet reached the grade 11 level of French. The objective of the course is the acquisition of basic comprehension, communication, and writing skills. The courses, of a "blended"and "enriched" approach, aim to provide students with a solid grounding in French grammar and the development of an awareness of the language's structures, and to act as a useful introduction to French and Francophone culture. If you are unsure whether this is the appropriate level of French course for you, click here. Further information on the course is at http://blogs.ubc.ca/fren101 Required text: Manley, Smith, McMinn, Prévost, Horizons Custom package = custom text + iLrn access code (6th edition). Cengage (Nelson), 2015. Prerequisite: None Note: Not available to students with...
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FREN102 Beginners' French II Sections

Grammar, composition, reading and oral practice. Not available to students with prerequisite for FREN 111.

[accordions collapsible=true active=false style=accordion-container] [accordion title="Course Description - Summer 2017" style="accordion-style1"] FREN 102 is the second of two courses, FREN 101 – 102, which make up a program for students who have not yet reached the grade 11 level of French.  The objective of the course is the acquisition of basic comprehension, communication, and writing skills. The courses, of a "blended" and "enriched" approach, aim to provide students with a solid grounding in French grammar and the development of an awareness of the language's structures, and to act as a useful introduction to French and Francophone culture. If you are unsure whether this is the appropriate level of French course for you, click here. Further information on the course is at http://blogs.ubc.ca/fren102 Required text: Manley, Smith, McMinn, Prévost, Horizons Custom package = custom text + iLrn access code...
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FREN111 Intermediate French I Sections

Not available for credit to students with FREN 12, FREN 112 or equivalent.

A low intermediate course for non-specialists, focused on the discovery and appreciation of diverse aspects of francophone culture, based on printed documents, audio-visual material and the Internet. If you are unsure whether this is the appropriate level of French course for you, click here. Required text: Course materials will be available on-line. Prerequisite: One of FREN 11, FREN 102 or equivalent Note: Not available for credit to students with FREN 12, FREN 112 or equivalent. Course Registration  
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FREN112 Intermediate French II Sections

Not available for credit to students with FREN 12.

FREN 112 is the continuation of FREN 111: A low intermediate course for non-specialists, focused on the discovery and appreciation of diverse aspects of francophone culture, based on printed documents, audio-visual material and the Internet. If you are unsure whether this is the appropriate level of French course for you, click here. Required text: Course materials will be available on-line. Prerequisite: FREN 111 or equivalent Note: Successful completion of FREN 112 satisfies the Faculty of Arts Language Requirement. Not available for credit to students with FREN 12. Course Registration  
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FREN122 Contemporary French Language and Literature I Sections

A review of French grammar and an introduction to contemporary literature written in French, with emphasis on essay writing and textual analysis.

Contemporary French Language and Literature I A review of French grammar and an introduction to contemporary literature written in French, with emphasis on essay writing and textual analysis. Activities will include: an interactive approach to the review of French grammar, stressing communicative competence an introduction to a variety of literary texts by French and other francophone authors an introduction to the study of a substantial literary work an introduction to simple essay-writing in French. Three hours a week devoted to grammar, literature and essay-writing. Lectures and class discussions are all conducted in French. If you are unsure whether this is the appropriate level of French course for you, click here. Required texts: Denise Rochat, Contrastes. 2nd ed. Pearson, 2009. Ying Chen, Les Lettres chinoises. Recommended: Collins-Robert, French-English English-French Dictionary (hard cover edition) Course website: The website for this course is availabe through Connect. Prerequisite: One of French 12, FREN 112, FREN 121 or equivalent.

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FREN123 Contemporary French Language and Literature II Sections

Continuation of FREN 122 with emphasis on literature, essay writing and textual analysis.

Contemporary French Language and Literature II French 123 is a continuation of French 122, with additional emphasis on techniques of essay-writing. Activities will include: an interactive approach to the review of French grammar, stressing communicative competence an introduction to a variety of literary texts by French and other francophone authors an introduction to the study of a substantial literary work essay-writing in French. Three hours a week devoted to grammar, literature and essay-writing. Lectures and class discussions are all conducted in French. If you are unsure whether this is the appropriate level of French course for you, click here. Required texts (Term 2 sections only): Denise Rochat, Contrastes. 2nd ed. Pearson, 2009. Jean Anouilh, Antigone. Recommended: Collins-Robert, French-English English-French Dictionary (hard cover edition) Course website: The website for this course is available through Connect.

Prerequisite: FREN 122 or assignment based on placement test.

Note: Successful completion of French 123 and further courses in French language and/or literature. French 123 cannot be taken...
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FREN124 Keeping Up Your French Sections

Task-based entry-level course for non-specialists. Credits from this course may not count towards a Major or Minor in French, nor as prerequisite to subsequent core courses in French.

Keeping Up Your French French 124 is an entry level course for students who have completed French 12 and who would like to keep up their functional proficiency in French without undertaking the specialized training needed for the Major or Minor. This course is student-centered and task-based. Students will be involved in choosing and planning a series of collaborative tasks focusing on contemporary Francophone culture, such as the creation of an online newspaper, a film trailer, an advertising clip, etc. Each task will involve a series of steps corresponding to different language skills: vocabulary building, writing process, peer-editing, grammar in context and oral delivery. The class will meet once each week, for ninety minutes, over both terms. Required text: Jean-Bernard Pouy: Mission secrète. Clé international. Prerequisite: French 12 or FREN 112 Note: French 124 is not countable toward the requirements of the Honours, Major or Minor programs in French, and it does not meet the prerequisite for FREN 220, 221...
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FREN215 Oral French Practice Sections

Opportunities for students already well-grounded in grammar to improve their oral skills. Credit will not be given for both FREN 215 and FREN 224 or FREN 225.

Oral French Practice: Une approche interactive à partir des médias French 215, a transitional oral course, is designed to enhance communication skills. It is geared towards students who already have a good general knowledge of grammar and a certain ability to express themselves orally, but want to improve it. To serve that purpose, a broad range of activities encompassing the study of videos, films, texts, as well as debates, interactive presentations, discussions on current events will be used, based on the needs and interests of the class. These various activities will serve as a basis to improve oral comprehension and pronunciation, to expand vocabulary and to trigger discussions in class. Grammar will not be studied systematically, but some aspects of it which are still not well mastered at this level will be covered through different activities. Explanations will be developed too, in a practical way, from the current mistakes made by the students...
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FREN220 Introduction to Early French Literature and to Textual Analysis Sections

Students will familiarize themselves with techniques of literary analysis, as applied to representative works from the Middle Ages to the 17th century, including theatre, fiction, poetry and non-fiction prose. To be taken by all students intending to proceed to the Minor, Major or Honours program.

Introduction to Early French Literature and to Textual Analysis Students will familiarize themselves with techniques of literary analysis, as applied to representative works from the Middle Ages to the 17th century, including theatre, fiction, poetry and non-fiction prose. To be taken by all students intending to proceed to the Minor, Major or Honours program. Texts: Annie Colognat-Barès (éd.), Anthologie de la poésie française de Villon à Verlaine Marie de France, Le Lai de Lanval Montaigne, Les Essais – choix de textes (Larousse) Molière, Le Tartuffe plus photocopied texts Prerequisite: FREN 123 or assignment based on placement test. Note: To be taken by all students intending to proceed to the Minor, Major or Honours program in French. Language of Instruction: French Course Registration
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FREN221 Introduction to Modern Literature written in French and to Textual Analysis Sections

Students will familiarize themselves with techniques of literary analysis, as applied to representative works from the 18th century to the present, including theatre, fiction, poetry and non-fiction prose. To be taken by all students intending to proceed to the Minor, Major or Honours program.

Introduction to Modern Literature written in French and to Textual Analysis In this survey course of representative works of French and francophone literature from the 18th-century to the present, students will familiarize themselves with different literary genres (novels, short stories, poetry and theatre) and techniques of literary analysis. Texts (Thème: Histoires de femmes): Isabelle de Charrière, Lettres de Mistriss Henley publiées par son amie. Eds. Joan Hinde Stewart, Philip Stewart. New York: MLA, 1993. Claire de Duras, Ourika: The Original French Text. Eds. Joan DeJean, Margaret Waller. New York: MLA, 1995. Gustave Flaubert, Un coeur simple. Paris: Flammarion, Étonnants Classiques, 2007. Marie Laberge, Aurélie, ma soeur. VLB Éditeur: Outremont, Québec, 1989. Annie Ernaux, Une femme. Paris: Gallimard, 1990. Prerequisite: FREN 123 or assignment based on placement test. Note: To be taken by all students intending to proceed to the Minor, Major or Honours program in French. Language of Instruction: French Course Registration  
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FREN222 French Language and Style I Sections

Grammar, vocabulary, composition, language in context. To be taken by all students intending to proceed to the Minor, Major or Honours program. Credit will not be granted for both FREN 222 and FREN 342.

[Cross-listed with FREN 342] French Language and Style I In-depth grammatical analysis of the simple French sentence and its components, to enable students to understand the language better and to write it more clearly and idiomatically.  Written work will include both structural exercises and short writing assignments. Recommended texts: Le Petit Robert de la langue française (any recent edition) Contrastes. Grammaire du français courant. Denise Rochat, Prentice Hall: 2nd edition, 2009 Prerequisite: FREN 123 (or FREN 225 for students who have taken the entry-level courses for French immersion graduates, FREN 224 & 225, in place of 122 and 123). As for other courses in French, the prerequisite for FREN 222 is soft, so students lacking it will see a warning screen, but will not be blocked from actually registering. But take that warning seriously:  do not join FREN 222 without having written the FREN 222/223 Placement Test and earned a score of at least 66 points. Equivalency: Students NOT specializing in...
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FREN223 French Language and Style II Sections

Grammar, vocabulary, composition, language in context. To be taken by all students intending to proceed to the Minor, Major or Honours program. Credit will not be granted for both FREN 223 and FREN 343.

[Cross-listed with FREN 343] French Language and Style II A continuation of FREN 222, in the same format. To be taken by all students intending to proceed to the Minor, Major or Honours program in French. FREN 223 is a prerequisite to all senior language and linguistics courses in French. Recommended texts: Le Petit Robert de la langue française (any recent edition) Contrastes. Grammaire du français courant. Denise Rochat, Prentice Hall: 2nd edition, 2009 Prerequisite: FREN 222 or assignment based on placement test. Note: Students with at least third year status who are not specializing in French may take this course for upper-level credit by registering in the comparable section of FREN 343. French 223 cannot be taken concurrently with 222 or 353 without the permission of an undergraduate advisor in French. Students who have already taken FREN 224 and/or FREN 225 may take FREN 222 and/or FREN 223 for credit, although they are not required to do so to...
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FREN224 An Interdisciplinary Approach to French I Sections

French language for ex-immersion students. Credit will not be granted for FREN 215 and FREN 224. Not available for credit to anyone who has received credit for FREN 222 or FREN 342.

An Interdisciplinary Approach to French I An interactive, student-centered course for former French Immersion students who are not specializing in French but want to improve their communication skills in French and want to keep in touch with French contemporary culture. Required texts: Hervé de Fontenay, Marie-Noëlle Legous, Du bout de la langue au bout des doigts. Nelson Education, 1999. Jean-Christophe Rufin, Le collier rouge. Éditions Gallimard, 2014. Recommended: Le Nouveau Petit Robert Prerequisite: Français 12 (FRAL 12)

Note: French language for ex-immersion students. Credit will not be granted for FREN 215 and FREN 224. Not available for credit to anyone who has received credit for FREN 222 or FREN 342.

Language of instruction: French Course Registration
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FREN225 An Interdisciplinary Approach to French II Sections

French language for ex-immersion students. Credit will not be granted for FREN 215 and FREN 225. Not available for credit to anyone who has received credit for FREN 223 or FREN 343.

An Interdisciplinary Approach to French II An interactive, student-centered course for former French Immersion students who are not specializing in French but want to improve their communication skills in French –- focus on form and vocabulary building -- and want to keep in touch with French contemporary culture. Not available for credit to anyone who has received credit for FREN 223 or FREN 343. Required texts: François Garde, Ce qu’il advint du sauvage blanc. Gallimard, 2012. Prerequisite: FR224 Note: French language for ex-immersion students. Credit will not be granted for FREN 215 and FREN 225. Not available for credit to anyone who has received credit for FREN 223 or FREN 343. Language of instruction: French Course Registration
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FREN328 Selected Works of African and Caribbean Literature Sections

Representative works from different genres, viewed in their historical, social, and cultural contexts.

Introduction to Francophone Literature(s) This course offers an introduction to cultures and literature of the francophone world. Emphasis on the postcolonial condition, aesthetics, identity politics (language, gender), universalism vs transnationalism, and so forth. We will examine fiction works and essay writing by contemporary authors from Africa and the Caribbean. Required readings: Léonora Miano. La saison de l'ombre Tahar Ben Jelloun. L'enfant de sable Patrick Chamoiseau. Solibo magnifique Prerequisite: One of FREN 220 or FREN 221 Language of Instruction: French Course Registration
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FREN330 Selected Works of Quebecois Literature Sections

Representative works viewed in their historical, social, and cultural contexts.

[Cross-listed with Canadian Studies 350A] Introduction à la littérature québécoise Un large survol du Régime français (1534-1760) jusqu’à l’époque contemporaine présentant les fondements socio-historiques de la littérature québécoise et son émergence institutionnelle au dix-neuvième siècle, l’étude d’œuvres représentatives de divers genres et l’occasion pour l’étudiant(e) de se familiariser avec la lecture et l’analyse de cette littérature, tels sont les objectifs de ce cours. Lectures obligatoires: Louis Hémon, Maria Chapdelaine Anne Hébert, Kamouraska Guillaume Vigneault, Chercher le vent Wajdi Mouawad, Incendies + un choix de textes courts. Ouvrages de référence: Beaudoin, Réjean. 1991.  Le roman québécois. Montréal : Boréal. Biron, Michel et al. 2007. Histoire de la littérature québécoise. Montréal : Boréal. Dictionnaire des œuvres littéraires du Québec  Montréal : Fides, 8 tomes (1980-2011). Mailhot, Laurent et Pierre Nepveu. 1986. La poésie québécoise. Anthologie. Montréal : Typo. Prerequisite: One of FREN 220 or FREN 221 Language of Instruction: French Course Registration  
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FREN335 French-Canadian Civilization Sections

A thematic approach to selected topics in French-Canadian culture and civilization.

Civilisation franco-canadienne L'objectif de ce cours est de donner un aperçu de la culture et de l'histoire des francophones d'Amérique du Nord (des Québécois en particulier) depuis 1867 jusqu'à aujourd'hui. En étudiant les rapports complexes qui se tissent entre société, langue et culture, certaines questions liées aux concepts d'identité, d'épanouissement et d'autonomie (tant aux plans institutionnel et politique que linguistique et idéologique), nous réfléchirons sur le sort réservé au fait français en Amérique du Nord. La chanson, le théâtre, le cinéma, la télévision et la littérature seront mis à contribution, sans oublier l'origine des croyances religieuses, des valeurs sociales et du patrimoine culturel des Canadiens français de jadis, désormais appelés Acadiens, Québécois, Franco-Ontariens, Franco-Manitobains, etc. Textes: Des textes seront remis aux étudiant(e)s au cours du semestre. Prerequisite: One of FREN 220, FREN 221, FREN 223 or permission of the instructor Language of Instruction: French Course Registration
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FREN336 The Francophone World in Images Sections

A socio-cultural study of francophone communities of Canada, the Caribbean, Europe, and North and Sub-Saharan Africa as seen through their films and other visual forms.

Qu’est-ce que la bande dessinée ? ---Tic tic tacatacatacata ... ---Ouf !... Que se passe-t-il ???? (Spirou, le 4 janvier 1945) ---M'enfin... (Gaston Lagaffe) Enfin ! Un cours sur la bande dessinée en français !!! C'est quoi, la BD ? Pourquoi la lit-on ? Comment ? Comment la bande dessinée s’intègre-t-elle dans la littérature, et plus spécifiquement dans la littérature d’expression française ? Quel rôle ce "neuvième art" joue-t-il dans les cultures francophones, dans leurs pratiques sociales, dans la vie et dans l’art de vivre ? En essayant de répondre à ces questions, dans un travail interactif et collectif, on s’aventurera dans des mondes étranges ; à la découverte aussi des univers de la lecture, du sens, de l’histoire, des histoires, et de l'imaginaire. Le cours est ouvert à toute approche et ne demande aucune expérience préalable en études littéraires ou culturelles : au contraire, on souhaite y attirer et engager des étudiants de milieux aussi divers que...
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FREN342 French Practice for Non-Specialists I Sections

The program of FREN 222, for students not specializing in French. Credit will not be granted for both FREN 222 and FREN 342.

[Cross-listed with FREN 222] French Language and Style I In-depth grammatical analysis of the simple French sentence and its components, to enable students to understand the language better and to write it more clearly and idiomatically.  Written work will include both structural exercises and short writing assignments. Recommended texts: Le Petit Robert de la langue française (any recent edition) Contrastes. Grammaire du français courant. Denise Rochat, Prentice Hall: 2nd edition, 2009 Prerequisite: FREN 123 and at least third-year standing. FREN 123 (or FREN 225 for students who have taken the entry-level courses for French immersion graduates, FREN 224 & 225, in place of 122 and 123). As for other courses in French, the prerequisite for FREN 222 is soft, so students lacking it will see a warning screen, but will not be blocked from actually registering. But take that warning seriously:  do not join FREN 222 without having written the FREN 222/223 Placement Test and earned a score of at...
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FREN343 French Practice for Non-Specialists II Sections

The program of FREN 223 for students not specializing in French. Credit will not be granted for both FREN 223 and FREN 343.

[Cross-listed with FREN 223] French Practice for Non-Specialists II A continuation of FREN 342, in the same format. Recommended texts: Le Petit Robert de la langue française (any recent edition) Contrastes. Grammaire du français courant. Denise Rochat, Prentice Hall: 2nd edition, 2009 Prerequisite: One of FREN 222 or FREN 342 Equivalency: Students specializing in French or Romance Studies may not earn upper-level credit for this course, which is part of the lower-level preparation for senior language courses in the Minor, Major and Honours programmes. They must register for FREN 222, an alternate code for the same course, graded to the same standards. Language of instruction: French Course Registration
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FREN349 French Literatures in Translation II Sections

Literary works since the French Revolution. Topics may include literature from France, Quebec, Africa, the Caribbean. Not available for credit towards a Minor, Major or Honours program in French.

The Walking Dead: Vampires, Phantoms and the Fantastic in 19th-Century French Literature In the wake of the French Revolution, the nineteenth century in France was a period of great transformation and tumult. Along with many changes came many hopes, many doubts, many desires, many fears. Nowhere are these uncertainties better expressed than in the fantastic literature of the time where diffuse feelings take the form of seductive and terrifying apparitions whose existence challenges the boundaries of reason. In this course, we will look at phantoms, vampires, mummies and androids, all of whom have since become fixtures of popular culture. Texts (in English): Joan Kessler, Demons of the Night. University of Chicago Press. 1995 Théophile Gautier, Prosper Mérimée, Guy de Maupassant, Auguste Villiers de l’Isle Adam, and 19-year-old Marie Nizet whose novel Captain Vampire inspired Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Prerequisite: WRDS 150 or 3 credits of first-year English, ARTS 001, or Foundations, and at least second Note: Not available for...
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FREN353 French Grammar Sections

Systematic study of the fundamental principles of French grammar.

Grammaire française Le Français 353 est le cours de grammaire traditionnelle le plus avancé du programme.  Son objectif est d’approfondir et de renforcer les connaissances grammaticales des étudiants, mais aussi de leur enseigner comment utiliser une grammaire de référence. Le cours abordera l’analyse grammaticale traditionnelle (nature et fonction des mots, analyse dite « logique » des propositions) et permettra la familiarisation avec les outils de référence par le biais de problèmes choisis (tels les pronoms relatifs et interrogatifs, le gérondif, l’accord du participe, etc.).  Les travaux pratiques comprendront non seulement les exercices à trous et exercices structuraux bien connus, mais aussi des exercices de production de phrases, de réécriture de passages (par exemple, passer d’un style familier à un style soigné), des exercices d’analyse grammaticale, des commentaires sur l’utilisation d’une construction donnée et des exercices de repérage de structures, fautives ou non.  Les étudiants seront ainsi amenés à exercer et à améliorer...
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FREN355 Advanced Composition Sections

Development of essay writing skills in French.

[accordions collapsible=true active=false style=accordion-container] [accordion title="Course Description - Summer 2016" style="accordion-style1"] Composition française A hands-on task-based course to develop writing abilities through the exploration of different text types (narrative, descriptive, argumentative, etc.). Focus on text structure and organization for each genre. Development of proofreading and editing strategies, vocabulary building, and grammar improvement. Ouvrage obligatoire: Maria Popica et Isabelle Ste-Marie, Paragraphes. Pratiques de rédaction. CEC (Québec), 2014. Prerequisite: FREN 223 or equivalent Note: Cours obligatoire pour les étudiants désireux de s’inscrire au programme de français de la Faculté d’Éducation. Language of Instruction: French Course Registration [/accordion] [accordion title="Course Description - Winter 2016/17" style="accordion-style2"]  Composition française Dans cette version en ligne du cours, les étudiants feront des exercices autocorrectifs pour améliorer l’orthographe, la syntaxe et le style. Ils travailleront également en groupes pour composer des textes qui seront ensuite échangés et commentés en ligne par les membres de leur groupe. Ils écriront aussi des compositions qui seront corrigées individuellement avec des commentaires écrits et oraux...
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FREN370 Introduction to French Linguistics Sections

A survey of basic terminology, methods, problems, and theoretical trends in French linguistics, specifically designed to provide students with a foundation for advanced language study in French.

Introduction à la linguistique française Le cours se présente comme une familiarisation avec la terminologie mais surtout avec les principaux concepts de la linguistique française contemporaine. Il s’agit d’étudier les principales méthodes ainsi que les principaux outils utilisés en linguistique française; de parcourir les différents champs couverts par la description linguistique : phonétique / phonologie, lexicologie, morphologie, syntaxe; et enfin de présenter les différents domaines de la linguistique représentés dans la section française du département. Textes: Le recueil de notes distribué en classe est divisé en trois parties : la synthèse du cours, les lectures et les exercices.  Dans la synthèse du cours, vous trouverez dans des cadres à double bordure un jeu de renvois vers les exercices et les lectures. Ouvrages de référence à consulter: Arrivé, Michel, Gadet, Françoise & Galmiche, Michel (1986) La Grammaire d’aujourd’hui : guide alphabétique de linguistique française, Paris : Flammarion. Ducrot, Osvald & Todorov, Tzevan (1972) Dictionnaire encyclopédique des sciences du langage, Paris : Seuil. Grevisse,...
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FREN371 Introduction to French Literary Theory and Methodology Sections

A survey of basic terminology, methods, problems, and theoretical trends in French literary criticism, specifically designed to provide students with a foundation for advanced study of literature in French.

Introduction à la théorie et aux méthodes critiques en littérature française Qu’est-ce que la littérature? Pourquoi s’y intéresser? Comment en parler? Ce cours propose de revenir sur les réponses à la fois variées et complexes que la théorie littéraire a voulu donner à ces questions apparemment simples. À partir d’une sélection d’articles représentatifs de diverses tendances critiques, nous procèderons à un survol des principales approches qui ont marqué l’étude de la littérature depuis la seconde moitié du 19e siècle. Suivant un premier arrêt sur les enjeux de l’histoire littéraire et de la méthode positiviste, nous verrons quelques-unes des approches théoriques issues du formalisme et de la linguistique qui ont contribué au renouveau de la discipline au cours des cinquante dernières années. Nous tenterons de démystifier les principales questions soulevées par le structuralisme, la narratologie, la sociocritique, la psychocritique, les théories de la réception, la critique féministe et la critique postcoloniale. Combinant exposés et...
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FREN407D Studies in Medieval French Literature - MEDIEVAL FR LIT Sections

Literary texts from the eleventh to the fifteenth century. Topics may include the epic, Tristan texts, Arthurian texts, the short narrative, satirical texts, religious drama, secular drama, lyric poetry, didactic poetry, Franois Villon.

Mystères de la chronique médiévale La chronique est un texte où des événements donnés comme véridiques sont présentés en ordre chronologique. Ce genre historique français qui naît au Moyen Age n'a pas fini d'étonner les lecteurs modernes. Car les mystères entourant la chronique médiévale sont nombreux. Par qui, pourquoi et pour qui ces textes ont-ils été écrits? Les personnes nommées sont-elles présentées avec un souci de fidélité historique, ou sont-elles repensées en tant que personnages? La chronique est-elle une autobiographie? de l'histoire au jour le jour? ou plutôt une leçon? ou une création littéraire? Ces problèmes se trouvent amplifiés par la place importante de l'anonymat au Moyen Age et par les différentes versions des mêmes oeuvres. Afin de réfléchir à ces questions, nous lirons des extraits de trois célèbres chroniques en prose française: La Vie de Louis IX (Joinville, 1224-1317), Le Livre des merveilles du monde (Marco Polo, 1254-1324), et Le Journal...
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FREN408A Studies in French Literature of the Sixteenth Century - FR 16TH CENT LIT Sections

Topics may include works by Rabelais, Montaigne, Scve, Lab, Ronsard, and DuBellay.

La littérature du seizième siècle: Poésie et prose de la Renaissance Dans ce cours, nous analyserons les œuvres de quelques auteurs importants (hommes et femmes) de la Renaissance en France. Les textes choisis (en poésie et en prose) seront présentés dans leur contexte socio-culturel et historique. Nous en examinerons les thèmes, ainsi que certains intertextes mythologiques et iconographiques. Textes: Labé, Louise et Pernette du Guillet. Œuvres poétiques et Rymes. Paris : Gallimard, 1983. Marguerite d'Angoulême, Reine de Navarre. L'Heptaméron. Paris : Flammarion, 1982. Montaigne, Michel Eyquem de. Les Essais: Choix de textes. Edition à préciser. Rabelais, François. Pantagruel. Paris : Livre de Poche, 1979. Un choix d’extraits sera aussi distribué en classe. Prerequisite: One of FREN 320, FREN 321, FREN 328, FREN 329, FREN 330 Note: FREN 408 may be taken twice, with different content, for a maximum of 6 credits. Language of instruction: French Course Registration
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FREN410C Studies in French Literature of the Eighteenth Century - FR 18TH CENT LIT Sections

Le siècle des Lumières en France Ce qu’on appelle aujourd’hui le « siècle des Lumières » fait l’objet d’interprétations multiples et même contradictoires. Si la métaphore de la lumière évoque le passage d’un âge obscur à une époque éclairée par le pouvoir de la raison et la libre circulation des idées, la défense de ces nouvelles valeurs s’est faite aux prix de confrontations, d’attaques et de débats qui ont profondément marqué le ton et l’esprit de la production écrite du temps. Partout en Europe, et particulièrement en France, on a vu les « philosophes » se livrer à une remise en question des valeurs morales, esthétiques et politiques héritées du passé, et revendiquer en toutes choses l’usage d’un esprit critique et indépendant. Bien que les philosophes des Lumières aient été loin de former un groupe homogène et de se ranger derrière une seule et même vision de la société idéale, ils ont ceci en commun...
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FREN413A Studies in French Literature of the Nineteenth Century - FR LIT 19TH CENT Sections

Rêves parisiens?

“La France au dix-neuvième siècle est partagée en deux grandes zones : Paris et la province ; la province jalouse de Paris … Les gens de talent, les artistes, les hommes supérieurs, tout coq à plumes éclatantes s'envole à Paris.” -- Honoré de Balzac

Voilà, en bref, ce que représente pour Balzac Paris dans l’imaginaire français du début du XIXe siècle. Si Paris est perçu comme la capitale incontournable des artistes, la ville est aussi associée aux rêves de richesse, de succès, d’élégance et de bonheur. Rêves souvent décevants car l’attraction de Paris n’est pas sans ambiguïté. Voilà ce qu’en dit la revue La Province et Paris en 1831: “Ne pourrait-on pas comparer la centralisation qu’impose Paris au reste de la France, à ces aimants monstrueux qui attirent à eux les parcelles d’acier dont ils sont entourés?” Toute une série de phénomènes sociaux, politiques, economiques et culturels contribuent à ce que Paris,...
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FREN418K Studies in African and/or Caribbean Literatures of French Expression - AFRC/CARRIBN LIT Sections

An introduction to representative works. Topics include Negritude, the evolution of post-colonial literature, and the socio-historical context of each work.

La littérature sénégalaise d’Ousmane Sembène à Fatou Diome Ce cours se veut une étude critique des aprioris de la littérature sénégalaise postcoloniale. Les auteurs retenus ont tous cherché à construire des récits informés par une conscience nationale progressive en mesure de questionner les traditions les plus enracinées. En même temps cette conscience pousse leur regard vers un autre, un ailleurs : un héritage colonial ambigu, des puissances néocoloniales et une nouvelle citoyenneté diasporique vécue ou rêvée. Les œuvres au programme nous permettront d’aborder cette étude en tenant compte de plusieurs mouvements majeurs au sein de la littérature sénégalaise depuis 1960 (année où le Sénégal a assumé son indépendance), y compris l’oralité, le cinéma, le baroque et l’engagement vis-à-vis de la mondialisation. Œuvres au programme: Ousmane Sembène, Xala (roman et film) Aminata Sow Fall, La grève des Battù Boubacar Boris Diop, Le cavalier et son ombre Fatou Diome, Le ventre de l’Atlantique Prerequisite: One of FREN 320, FREN 321, FREN...
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FREN420S Selected Topics in French Literature and Culture - TPCS FREN LIT Sections

Course content will vary. May be taken up to 3 times, with different content, for a maximum of 9 credits.

[A Student Directed Seminar] Questions contemporaines sur l’identité / Current Issues on Identity Enseigné en français et en anglais, ce cours se penchera sur l’influence des problèmes d'identité dans notre monde contemporain dans un séminaire étudiant coordonné par Maximilien Azorin et sponsorisé par le professeur Ralph Sarkonak. In an increasingly globalized world, our shared identities - ethnic, political, religious, social - are not innate, immutable, invulnerable to outside influences.  What becomes of our identity, for example, if we emigrate from the land in which it has been rooted?  Or if others who share our identity, or even we ourselves, are caught up in identity-based conflict?  What leads certain individuals to feel stripped of any meaningful identity at all and to fill the void with some form of radical ideology or even fanaticism? This Student Directed Seminar (SDS) will address some of these questions, which have a serious impact on how individuals behave today,...
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FREN427A Studies in Cinema - STDY IN CINEMA Sections

Cinéma français Ce cours a pour objectif d'initier les étudiant(e)s à l'histoire du cinéma français, du début du siècle dernier à nos jours, en fonction de ses grandes lignes d'évolution esthétique et idéologique. En guise d'introduction, nous aborderons les principales étapes qui ont marqué le cinéma français avant 1945: l'âge d'or du cinéma muet, la naissance et les premiers classiques du cinéma parlant, le réalisme poétique de la fin des années 1930, le cinéma sous l'Occupation et à l'époque de la Libération. Puis, en considérant l'œuvre de cinéastes, comme Jean Renoir, Marcel Carné, Henri-Georges Clouzot, Jacques Becker, François Truffaut, Agnès Varda, Constantin Costa-Gavras, Edouard Molinaro, Claude Miller, Jean-Paul Rappeneau, François Ozon et Michael Haneke, nous consacrerons une grande partie du cours à l'étude du cinéma de l'après-guerre et des principaux aspects de la cinématographie française plus contemporaine. Lecture obligatoire: Prédal, René. 2013. Histoire du cinéma français. Des origines à nos jours. Nouveau Monde...
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FREN495R Research Seminar in French - RESEARCH SEMINAR Sections

Research on critical topics related to selected literary works. Limited enrolment: required of honours, but open to majors students in French.

Research Seminar in French In this undergraduate seminar we will focus on the tools for advanced literary analysis as well as research methodology. Writing intensive course for French major and honours students. Required readings: Émile Zola. Thérèse Raquin Yasmina Reza. Art Marguerite Duras. Le marin de Gibraltar Prerequisite: One of FREN 320, FREN 321, FREN 328, FREN 329, FREN 330 Note: Required of Honours, but open to Majors students in French. FREN 495R may be taken twice, with different content, for a maximum of 6 credits. FREN 495R is a research-intensive course and satisfies the Research Requirement of the Faculty of Arts. Language of instruction: French Course Registration
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FREN498A Directed Reading - DIRECTED READING Sections

For fourth-year students. Focus on a topic to be agreed upon by a member of the faculty and the student. Permission of the department head and of a supervisory faculty member is required.

FREN499 Honours Essay Sections

Honours Essay Required of all Honours candidates, the Honours Essay represents an extended personal research project (in finished form usually about 35-40 pages typewritten) carried out under the supervision of two members of the faculty. Preliminary research on the topic chosen is expected to be completed by mid-term, at which time the candidate is required to submit for approval a detailed outline of the projected work. The finished essay is due on the last day of lectures of the term. The Honours Essay is seen less as an original contribution to knowledge than as a means for providing the student with an opportunity to become familiar with the methodological problems of research as well as with the techniques and problems of scholarly writing. Students who are planning to do an Honours Essay must submit a proposal to the Major and Honours Advisor. The proposal must include a one-page abstract, a bibliography, and the...
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FREN512B Studies in Literary Criticism - LIT CRITICISM Sections

[Cross-listed with SPAN 501B] Studies in Literary Criticism - Lacan and Literature: Theory and Praxis In this graduate seminar we will provide an outline of the development of theory and criticism leading up to and including Lacan, paying particular attention to the developments in linguistics, cultural anthropology, and psychoanalysis  (Saussure, Benveniste, Jakobson, Levi-Strauss, Freud, etc.) that were to prove so influential in the elaboration of Lacan's theories.  We will then examine representative writings of Jacques Lacan and different approaches to the study of literature offered by Lacan as well as his followers and critics.  We will attempt to define and evaluate some of the practical applications of Lacanian theories to the study of literature and look at the possibility of studying Lacan himself, the man and the legend, as a self-conscious sort of literary creation. Partial bibliography: Brooks, Peter.  Psychoanalysis and Storytelling.  Oxford: Blackwell, 1994. Clément, Catherine.  Vies et légendes de Jacques Lacan.  Paris: Grasset,...
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FREN514A Problems Relating to the French Novel - PROBS FR NOVEL Sections

Proust's Laughter A study of a particular dimension of Proust’s A la recherche: laughter and humor.  An examination on the reflective authenticity of laughter in relation to, for instance, social discourse and sadism.  We’ll also discuss to what extent Proust’s narrative strategies regarding humor are nonessentializing tools used against the bourgeois construction of the so-called comic relief of fiction works.  While laughter/humor may harness the possibilities of cultural subversion, even anarchical in its effect, we’ll examine how it may have eventually become one point of autobiographical reference deprived of moral scope.  And the latter point might sit at the core of the Proustian dialectics of the fall and the search. Course readings: Du côté de chez Swann (1913) A l'ombre des jeunes filles en fleurs (1921) Le temps retrouvé (1927) A very non-exhaustive critical reading list: Barthes, Roland. Recherche de Proust. Paris: Seuil, 1983 Beckett, Samuel. Proust. London: Chatto & Windus, 1930 Bouillaguet, Annick (ed.). Dictionnaire Marcel Proust. Paris:...
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FREN514B Problems Relating to the French Novel - PROBS FR NOVEL Sections

Claude Simon Le but de ce séminaire sera d’étudier plusieurs romans de Claude Simon, qui a obtenu le prix Nobel de la littérature en 1985. Les romans que nous lirons illustrent trois des périodes ou manières de l’écriture simonienne, de 1958 jusqu’en 2001. Nous nous pencherons sur les thèmes de la famille, de la guerre, et de l’amour (entre autres) tels qu’ils sont textualisés par l’écriture organique de Simon. Les romans que nous lirons sont reliés, car ils présentent le même arbre de famille et les mêmes obsessions thématiques sans parler des mêmes techniques scripturales comme la mise en abyme, Tout en rappelant la richesse textuelle de Proust, de Dostoïevski et de Faulkner, tous des influences sur Simon, son écriture se caractérise par une spécificité unique fondée sur une appréciation de la matérialité de l’univers et sur le retour du même dans la spirale de la différence métaphorique. Textes: L’Herbe La Route des Flandres L’Acacia Le...
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FREN520B Studies in French Literature - FREN LIT STUDIES Sections

La nouvelle en France au dix-septième et dix-huitième siècles L’objectif principal de ce cours est de tracer le développement de la nouvelle en France du dix-septième siècle où la nouvelle historique (La Fayette et Saint Réal) était en vogue jusqu’au siècle des Lumières où le conte philosophique a été pratiqué par de nombreux philosophes, dont Diderot et Voltaire. De nombreux aspects de ces textes seront abordés, y compris les techniques narratives, la satire littéraire et sociale, la théorie des passions, la critique des religions révélées, et les rapports entre fiction narrative et discours philosophique. En classe, nous consacrerons beaucoup de temps à l’analyse textuelle. Textes d’étude: Le dix-septième siècle: Mme de Lafayette, La Princesse de Montpensier  (Livre de poche - Libretti) César de Saint-Réal, Dom Carlos (Livre de poche) Saint-Evremond, “Le Prophète irlandais”* Le dix-huitième siècle: Isabelle de Charrière, “Lettres de Mistriss Henley”* Diderot, “Ceci n’est pas un conte”* Louis-Sébastien Mercier, “Le Marquis de Siqueville”* Voltaire, “Micromégas”, “Histoire de Jenny”* Mme de Staël,...
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FREN521D Studies in the Literature of the French-Speaking World - LIT FR-SPKG WRLD Sections

Marginalité, mondialité, avenir: réflexions sur les discours littéraires d’Afrique et des Caraïbes Dès 1982, dans son essai L’odeur du père, V. Y. Mudimbé dressait le bilan d’une marginalisation systématique des pratiques discursives africaines. La « culture africaine » est pour lui « au mieux une survivance du passé et un ‘spectacle sérieux’ pour ethnologues, ‘amusant’ et ‘intéressant’ pour vacanciers du Club Méditerranée. » Ce sera le cas aussi longtemps que la culture africaine sera définie en référence à la « tradition africaine » : « tant qu’elle ne sera pas la parole de l’Afrique actuelle et de sa mouvance sociale, l’expression vivante et ferme de son devenir. » Une réflexion où s’entrecroisent le rétrospectif et le prospectif, centrée sur quatre textes à la fois emblématiques et problématiques, nous permettra de mieux cerner les étapes historiques, les conditions sociales et les potentialités d’un discours aux prises avec son droit de se nommer. La dimension rétrospective tiendra compte d’une trajectoire qui...
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FREN548 Major Essay Sections

FREN566B Studies in French Semantics - FR SEMANTICS STD Sections

La philosophie de la traduction Le principe de traduction est la clé de voûte de notre pensée. Cela a l'air paradoxal, puisque le travail du traducteur est d'habitude perçu comme secondaire, sinon subversif – une sorte de plagiat utilitaire, mais toujours un appauvrissement de l'original. Pourtant, notre façon de comprendre le monde, notre pensée et même notre image de nous-mêmes dépendent du remplacement d'un signe par un autre : quand on pense, on redit autrement. Ainsi une intelligence traductrice se trouve-t-elle à la base de la langue et de toute activité intellectuelle. C'est peut-être pourquoi le premier des dieux de Rome (Ianus Pater) était Janus bifrons, dieu aux visages alignés et symbole d'une chose qui se transforme en une autre, tout en restant la même. Imaginons-le parlant deux langues, le français et l'anglais. Nous commencerons ce séminaire par un survol des pratiques les plus emblématiques de la traduction. Peut-on y voir une...
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FREN599A Master's Thesis - MASTER'S THESIS Sections

All candidates for the M.A. degree with thesis are required to deposit in the Department a thesis of approximately 80 pages, including bibliography and notes. It must be presented in accordance with the university guidelines for the format and presentation of graduate theses. Candidates will defend their thesis during a one-hour and a half oral examination. Candidates must register in French 599 in the year in which they intend to submit the thesis. For information about your thesis preparation and submission, click here.
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FREN599B Master's Thesis - MASTER'S THESIS Sections

FREN699 Doctoral Dissertation Sections