French Courses

 

Winter 2019/20

Winter 2019

FREN101 Beginners' French I Sections

Basic vocabulary, the rudiments of grammar and familiarization with cultures of the French-speaking world. This course is aligned with level A1 objectives of the CEFR.

[accordions collapsible=true active=false style=accordion-container] [accordion title="Course Description - Summer" 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

A continuation of FREN 101. This course is aligned with level A1 objectives of the CEFR.

[accordions collapsible=true active=false style=accordion-container] [accordion title="Course Description - Summer" 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 (6th edition). Cengage (Nelson), 2015.

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FREN111 Elementary French I Sections

Continued improvement in listening, speaking, reading and writing. This course is aligned with level A2 objectives of the CEFR.

[accordions collapsible=true active=false style=accordion-container] [accordion title="Course Description - Summer" style="accordion-style1"] 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: TBA Prerequisite: One of FREN 11, FREN 102 or equivalent Note: Not available for credit to students with FREN 12, FREN 112 or equivalent. The sequence of French language courses FREN101/102, 111/112, 122/123, 224/225 is designed for non native speakers. The Department of FHIS reserves the right to refuse enrollment to any of its language courses to a student who has, in the view of the Department, a level of competence unsuited to that course. Enrollment at or below the level the student has already attained is not permitted. Course registration [/accordion] [accordion title="Course Description - Winter" style="accordion-style2"] Elementary French I A...
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FREN112 Elementary French II Sections

A continuation of FREN 111. This course aligned with level A2 objectives of the CEFR.

[accordions collapsible=true active=false style=accordion-container] [accordion title="Course Description - Summer" style="accordion-style1"] 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 [/accordion] [accordion title="Course Description - Winter" style="accordion-style2"] Elementary French II A continuation of the A2 level work begun in FREN 111, focused on the understanding of detached sentences and expressions related to everyday life (such as personal and familial information, regular purchases, one’s immediate environment including home, community and workplace). French grammatical structures such as uses of pronouns, the future...
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FREN122 Intermediate French I Sections

Refinement of reading, writing and speaking skills through the study of contemporary literature and other authentic documents of the French-speaking world. This course is aligned with level B1 objectives of the CEFR.

Intermediate French I Refinement of writing and reading, speaking and listening skills through diverse activities: an interactive approach to the review of French grammar, stressing communicative competence; an emphasis on one’s opinion on different topics (work and studies, leisure activities, travel and news); a study of contemporary literature and other authentic documents (newspapers, blogs, music, etc.) of the French-Speaking world; an introduction to essay-writing in French. The FREN 122 syllabus follows the Common European Framework of Reference guideline for B1.1 level. Three hours a week will be devoted to providing students with tools for dealing with situations that they are likely to encounter in a French speaking region. Students will be able to understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar subjects in work, school and leisure activities; to produce a simple and cohesive text on familiar subjects or subjects of personal interest and to narrate an event or an experience. Lectures...
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FREN123 Intermediate French II Sections

A continuation of FREN 122. This course is aligned with level B1 objectives of the CEFR.

Intermediate French II French 123 is a continuation of French 122: a refinement of reading, speaking and listening skills with additional emphasis on techniques of writing through diverse activities: an interactive approach to the review of French grammar, stressing communicative competence; an emphasis on expressing one’s opinion on different topics (work and studies, literature, arts and news): a practical application of strategies for essay-writing in French; a study of contemporary literature and other authentic documents (newspapers, blogs, music, etc.) of the French-Speaking world. The FREN 123 syllabus follows the Common European Framework of Reference guidelines for the B1.2 level. Three hours a week will be devoted to providing students with tools for dealing with most situations that they would likely encounter in a French speaking region. Students will be able to produce structured and connected texts on topics that are familiar, of personal interest or related to documents read inside and outside of...
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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.

[accordions collapsible=true active=false style=accordion-container] [accordion title="Course Description - Summer" style="accordion-style1"] 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. 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 [/accordion] [accordion title="Course Description - Winter" style="accordion-style2"] 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. Texts: Annie Colognat-Barès (éd.), Anthologie de...
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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] Histoire de Femmes Dans ce cours nous nous proposons d’explorer des histoires de femmes : histoires par des femmes aussi bien que des histoires qui traitent des femmes du monde et du monde des femmes. Que les textes datent du XVIIIe siècle ou du XXIe, chacun nous offre une réflexion sur les rapports sociaux qui définissent les rôles des hommes et des femmes dans la société moderne. Ils nous permettent, par la même occasion, de survoler les grands mouvements de la littérature française du XVIIIe au XXe siècles et de connaître un ouvrage québécois contemporain. Textes: Isabelle de Charrière, Lettres de Mistriss Henley à une amie. Claire de Duras. Ourika. Gustave  Flaubert, Un Cœur simple. Marie Laberge, Aurélie, ma sœur. Annie Ernaux, Une Femme. 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...
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FREN222 French Language and Style I Sections

Grammar, vocabulary, composition, language in context.

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. Required texts: Course package (available in class at the start of term) Le Nouveau Petit Robert, Dictionnaire alphabétique et analogique de la langue française. Edition 2000 or later. Recommended texts: Robert-Collins, English-French French-English Dictionary. A reference grammar (from previous French classes), or familiarity with reliable online grammar resources, such as Le Point du FLE or Espace Français. Or, for strong students intending to carry on in French, the grammar to be used in FREN 353: Maurice Grevisse, André Goosse: Nouvelle grammaire française. Duculot, 3e édition, 1995. Prerequisite: FREN 123 (or FREN 225 for students who have taken, in place of 122 and 123, the more advanced entry-level courses, primarily for French-immersion graduates, FREN 224 & 225. As for other...
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FREN223 French Language and Style II Sections

Grammar, vocabulary, composition, language in context.

Instructor(s): Rouget, Christine
French Language and Style II In-depth grammatical analysis of the complex 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. Required texts: Course package (UBC bookstore) Le Nouveau Petit Robert, Dictionnaire alphabétique et analogique de la langue française. Edition 2000 or later. Recommended texts: Robert-Collins, English-French French-English Dictionary. A reference grammar (from previous French classes), or familiarity with reliable online grammar resources, such as Le Point du FLE or Espace Français. Or, for strong students intending to carry on in French, the grammar to be used in FREN 353: Maurice Grevisse, André Goosse: Nouvelle grammaire française. Duculot, 3e édition, 1995. Prerequisite: FREN 222, or assignment based on placement test. As for other courses in French, the prerequisite for FREN 223 is soft, so students lacking it will see a warning screen, but will not be blocked from actually registering. But...
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FREN224 Upper-Intermediate French I Sections

Communicative proficiency at an autonomous level: vocabulary enrichment, pronunciation practice, grammatical analysis and development of efficient reading and writing techniques. This course is aligned with level B2 objectives of the CEFR.

Upper-Intermediate French I FREN 224 is an upper intermediate language class that aims to refine the skills acquired in Intermediate French I & II or equivalent courses and to enhance students’ knowledge of French and the Francophone world. The course uses an interactive approach to the review of French grammar, stressing communicative competence and is focused on: the understanding of concrete or abstract topics in a complex text (oral or written); the production of clear and detailed oral and written communication on a number of subjects (construction of arguments to defend one’s opinion, explain one’s viewpoint); the ability to correct one’s own mistakes (when speaking or writing); vocabulary building, grammatical accuracy and socio-cultural competency using a wide variety of contemporary authentic documents (newspaper articles, videos, literary excerpts, blogs, music, etc.) of the French-Speaking world. The FREN 224 syllabus follows the Common European Framework of Reference guidelines for the B2.1 level. Three hours a week...
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FREN225 Upper-Intermediate French II Sections

A continuation of FREN 224. This course is aligned with level B2 objectives of the CEFR.

Upper-Intermediate French II The course uses an interactive approach to the review of French grammar, stressing communicative competence and is focused on: the understanding of concrete or abstract topics in a complex text (oral or written); the production of clear and detailed oral and written communication on a number of subjects (construction of arguments to defend one’s opinion, explain one’s viewpoint); the ability to correct one’s own mistakes (when speaking or writing); vocabulary building, grammatical accuracy and socio-cultural competency using a wide variety of contemporary authentic documents (newspaper articles, videos, literary excerpts, blogs, music, etc.) of the French-Speaking world. The FREN 225 syllabus follows the Common European Framework of Reference guidelines for the B2.2 level. Three hours a week will be devoted to providing students with tools for interacting with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers possible without strain for either party. Students will be able...
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FREN280 Introduction to Quebecois Literature Literature and Culture (in English) Sections

An introduction to the historical, political and cultural contexts that influenced the development of literature and culture in Quebec.

Québec’s Quiet Revolution: Cultural and Political Legacies Often used to describe the period of political and social change that took place in the province of Québec during the 1960s and the 1970s, the expression “Quiet Revolution” has become a category of mythological proportions in the Canadian collective memory. This historical period is understood as a moment of liberation during which Québec society supposedly entered modernity, leaving behind the traditional domination of the Catholic Church and la grande noirceur (the great darkness) of the conservative government of Maurice Duplessis. The persistence of this compelling – but also simplistic – narrative, which like any revolution suggests a distinction between a Before and an After, speaks as much about the period itself as the way Québec society thinks of itself today. This course focuses on the political and cultural dimensions of the Quiet Revolution, and its perceived legacy 50 years later. We will give particular...
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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.

Domination and Resistance: African and Caribbean Literatures in History After centuries of relatively peaceful coexistence, the siege of Ceuta (in Morocco) by the Portuguese prince Henry the Navigator in 1415 marks the beginning of an aggressive and acquisitive European approach to its continental neighbor Africa that was to last to the present day and that would leave both continents as well as the Americas profoundly and irrevocably changed. Both African and Caribbean literatures written in French, though rich and varied in perspective and approach, can only be understood in relation to the background of this seismic global change. The novels (and one play) chosen for this course reflect the historical, social, political, juridical and cultural issues as well as the literary imagination that have grown out of patterns of domination, oppression and resistance in this historical context. They occupy, test and contest the boundaries of race, class, gender and ethnicity and suggest...
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FREN329 Selected Works of European French Literature Sections

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

Instructor(s): Laroussi, Farid
Selected Works of European French Literature Ce cours propose un survol du roman français contemporain (après 1945), avec notamment un choix d'oeuvres representatives d'une évolution littéraire, sans être pour autant canoniques. Les textes seront abordés à la lumière de leur contexte culturel, politique, et théorique. Le travail en cours portera sur l'analyse critique. Lectures obligatoires: Camus, Albert. La Chute (1956) Modiano, Patrick. Villa triste (1975) Ernaux, Annie. La Place (1983) Darrieussecq, Marie. Truismes (1996) Prerequisite: One of FREN 220, 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.

Selected Works of Quebecois Literature Ce cours propose un choix de textes représentatifs de l'évolution la littérature québécoise depuis son récit de fondation jusqu'à l’époque contemporaine. Nous nous intéresserons plus particulièrement à l'émergence d'une littérature nationale et à ses transformations esthétiques et identitaires à travers l’étude d’œuvres appartenant à différents genres. Required books: Yves Thériault, Agaguk (1958) Marie-Claire Blais, Une saison dans la vie d'Emmanuel (1966) Guillaume Vigneault, Chercher le vent (2001) Wajdi Mouawad, Incendies (2003) Other texts: Relation originale du voyage de Jacques Cartier au Canada en 1534 (extrait) Abbé Casgrain, ‘‘Le mouvement littéraire en Canada’’ (extrait, 1866) Michèle Lalonde, “Speak White” (1968) Recommended books: Beaudoin, Réjean. Le roman québécois. Montréal : Boréal. 1991 Biron, Michel et al. Histoire de la littérature québécoise. Montréal : Boréal. 2007. Dictionnaire des œuvres littéraires du Québec  Montréal : Fides, 8 tomes (1980-2011). Prerequisite: One of FREN 220, FREN 221. Language of instruction: French Course Registration
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FREN334 French Civilization II Sections

A historically based approach to French civilization and culture from the Third Republic to the present, completed by a thematic study of contemporary French culture.

Exploring French Society after 1945 Engaging with history, culture, politics and intellectual life in contemporary France, this course crafts visions to understand key aspects of French society. We seek out to examine radical transformations through three specific cultural clusters. The first one addresses the Algerian War and the massive political, institutional and cultural upheavals that it brought along. Then, we move to France's integration into the European Union, and the many challenges, notably around identity, sovereignty, citizenship, and globalization. Lastly, the course focuses on the French brand of feminism, what defines and confronts it on political and cultural grounds. For example, rethinking gender, labor division, or laïcité. The course uses fiction works, films, and  essais to explore the vast area of ideas that shape France's modernity. Students are expected to develop skills in cultural analysis as well as criticl reading and composition. In French. Required readings: Laurens, Camille. Celle que vous croyez (2016) Mauvignier,...
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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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FREN346 French at Work Sections

Communicative French for students preparing for a career in the francophone world. Not available for credit toward a Minor, Major, or Honours degree in French. Language of instruction is French. This course is aligned with the B1 objectives of the CEFR.

French at Work This course provides learners functional and communicative linguistic skills to be able to work in a French speaking environment. The course presents grammar in context and terminology and will introduce the learners to cultural aspects related to business in the French speaking world. This course will encourage an interactive team work structure (on going on-line forum discussions and interaction with the Francophone business community in British Columbia), student-centered work (on-line exercises to learn terminology, to review grammar in context and to develop listening comprehension skills) and task based (final project) Every week the students work on the four language skills through terminology building, writing process, peer-editing, oral comprehension and oral production. Example of weekly tasks: reading, analysis and discussion of weekly topic, interaction with peers in the on-line forum related to weekly topic (2 postings min), completion of on-line exercises on weekly grammar in context, terminology and listening comprehension, participation in-class...
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FREN348 French Literature from the Middle Ages to the Revolution (in English) Sections

A study of French literature through reading and analysis of translated works.

Instructor(s): Moran, Patrick
[Cross-listed with Medieval Studies 301] Arthur vs. Charlemagne: the Matter of Britain and the Matter of France in Medieval French Literature Medieval fiction is fond of expansive narrative “Matters”, shared universes that find their inspiration in the legendary past and are built collaboratively over decades or even centuries. But a Matter is not just a set of characters, themes and subjects: it also has ideological and aesthetic implications. The Matter of France, built around the semi-mythical exploits of Charlemagne and his warriors in their defence of the Christian faith, and the Matter of Britain, which focuses on Arthur, his Knights of the Round Table and their adventures, are two of the most popular representatives of this literary practice in the French-speaking world. They manifest themselves in different genres: chanson de geste on one hand and roman (romance) on the other. The romances of Chrétien de Troyes will form the basis of our...
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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.

Instructor(s): Simpson, Anne
Français écrit Ce cours vise à améliorer les compétences rédactionnelles des étudiants de français langue seconde en les exposant à des textes représentatifs de différents genres. Le cours propose une exploration des notions théoriques, des outils de langue et des techniques rédactionnelles nécessaires à l’écriture du résumé, du texte expressif, narratif, argumentatif, du compte rendu critique et du commentaire composé. L’observation de textes sera accompagnée d’exercices d’amélioration du lexique, de stratégies d’autocorrection, de techniques de planification et de rédaction. Tout au long du trimestre, les étudiants mettront en pratique les notions essentielles à l’amélioration de l’écrit en combinant l’observation de stratégies lexicales, de techniques d’organisation dans des textes authentiques et l’application de ces procédés et de leurs effets de sens dans la rédaction de leurs propres textes. L’organisation du cours est basée sur la production individuelle ainsi que la production de travaux de groupes conçus autour de projets dans lesquels les étudiants auront...
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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.

Instructor(s): Curat, Hervé
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.

Instructor(s): Frelick, Nancy
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 procéderons à un survol des principales approches qui ont marqué l’étude de la littérature depuis la fin 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 dernières décennies. 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 exercices pratiques,...
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FREN380 Foundations of French Cultural Identity (in English) Sections

Aspects of French culture through a set of key concepts that cut across French history, politics, and social structures. Not available for credit toward a Minor, Major or Honours program in French.

What is Frenchness?

“Boy, those French, they have a different word for everything!”                                                                             Steve Martin

From baguettes and red wine to the Eiffel Tower, we all carry around an idea of what defines « Frenchness ». In this course, we will explore the idea of Frenchness from the point of view of three key concepts that have formally shaped French national identity since the French Revolution: « universalism, » « laïcité » [secularism], and « patrimoine » [cultural heritage]. As contemporary France has evolved, socially and demographically, these three concepts have been subject to increasing pressures. We will explore the history of these concepts, as well as their evolution up to the present day in a series of readings that span two centuries. We will consider how these core concepts continue to inform the political and cultural dynamics of France as it grapples with its colonial past, its postcolonial present and its place in a changing Europe. This...
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FREN407 Studies in Medieval French Literature 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.

Instructor(s): Moran, Patrick
De l’amour courtois au rire obscène : les formes narratives courtes aux XIIe-XIIIe siècles Les genres narratifs brefs du Moyen Âge constituent une porte d’entrée privilégiée dans la culture littéraire de l’époque et permettent de l’explorer dans toute sa richesse et toutes ses contradictions. Le public médiéval goûte aussi bien les lais, récits féériques et chevaleresques qui offrent un concentré d’esthétique courtoise et d’inspiration celtique, que les fabliaux, récits comiques qui n’hésitent pas à basculer dans la pornographie ou la scatologie. Quant aux contes animaliers qui constituent le Roman de Renart, ils offrent un regard subversif sur les différentes strates de la société féodale, à travers un héros éponyme qui est aussi inquiétant que séduisant. En étudiant ces trois genres très différents, nous serons tout de même amenés à identifier des thématiques récurrentes : l’amour sous toutes ses formes, de l’amour courtois idéalisé des lais à la sexualité débridée des fabliaux ; l’appétit et...
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FREN410E Studies in French Literature of the Eighteenth Century - FR 18TH CENT LIT Sections

[Cross-listed with FREN 495 and FREN 520] La Révolution française: histoire, fiction, débats La révolution de 1789 a laissé une marque profonde dans l’imaginaire de la France. Rupture fondatrice, elle a inspiré une production discursive considérable qui s’est employée à raconter, expliquer et commenter cet événement qui entendait s’affranchir d’un ordre ancien et construire un monde neuf. Romans, poèmes, chansons, pièces de théâtre, journaux, gravures et pamphlets publiés pendant la décennie 1789-1799 ont tenté de saisir cette révolution autant qu’ils ont contribué à l’ériger en mythe. Plus de deux siècles plus tard, la représentation de ce renversement de l’ordre politique et social demeure aujourd’hui encore un enjeu important de l’identité française. Historiens et écrivains continuent de se partager le devoir d’interroger ces années d’euphorie et de violence afin de leur donner un sens pour le présent. À travers l’étude de documents authentiques du 18e siècle et de fictions contemporaines, ce cours entend donner...
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FREN413C Studies in French Literature of the Nineteenth Century - FR LIT 19TH CENT Sections

Instructor(s): Godfrey, Sima
Le Discours de la mode au XIXe siècle Au cours du XIXe siècle – siècle qui verra l’émergence définitive des industries de la mode en France – les écrivains et les artistes s’intéressent de plus en plus à la mode comme fait pertinent de leur culture et de leur pensée esthétique. Dans les romans et les essais littéraires, comme dans la presse de cette période, on retrouve maintes réflexions sur la mode – la mode comme phénomène esthétique, psychologique, social, économique, voire politique. Les commentaires sur la mode auxquels nous nous adressons dans ce cours sont, par conséquent, très divers, réfléchissant différents moments dans l’histoire de ce siècle turbulent, et différents points de vue idéologiques. Néanmoins, ils présupposent tous une même prémisse: que la mode est signifiante. C'est-à-dire, qu’elle signifie. Ce qu’elle signifie varie suivant le propos de chaque auteur, mais qu’elle signifie n’entre pas en doute.  Le plus souvent ses...
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FREN416B Studies in French Literature since 1900 - FR LIT SINC 1900 Sections

FREN419A Studies in Women's Writing - STDY WOMEN WRTS Sections

Écrits de femmes (French Women Writers) Dans ce cours, nous examinerons un éventail de textes écrits par des femmes à travers les siècles (des récits allégoriques du Moyen Âge jusqu’à l’autofiction du vingtième siècle) en nous penchant particulièrement sur la représentation des femmes et de l’écriture, ainsi que la réception de ces textes par le lectorat.  Nous aurons lieu de nous demander s’il existe une « écriture féminine »  qui se distinguerait d’une « écriture masculine », selon les genres choisis, les thèmes, les considérations stylistiques. Ouvrages au programme : Christine de Pizan, Le Livre de la cité des dames (extraits) Marguerite de Navarre, L’Heptaméron (extraits) Madame de Lafayette, La Comtesse de Tende. Isabelle de Charrière, Lettres de Mistriss Henley. Claire de Duras, Ourika. Marguerite Duras, L’Amant. Un choix de textes et d'ouvrages critiques sera distribué en classe. Prerequisite: One of FREN 320, FREN 321, FREN 328, FREN 329, FREN 330 Language of Instruction: French Course Registration
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FREN420A 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.

FREN425A Studies in French Autobiography - STDY FRN AUTOBIO Sections

Instructor(s): Laroussi, Farid
Studies in French Autobiography This autobiography course is designed for advanced students/majors in French, preferably, but not necessarily, who are engaged with contemporary literary studies. We will examine issues related to a literary genre and its manifold transformations in late 20th century, starting with the construction of the self. What are the interconnections between narrative voice, literary form, and subjectivity, for instance? Does autobiography fit in some happy realism (claiming to represent facts)? Is it an exercise in reshaping cultural imagination (French, bourgeois, gendered, social memory, etc.)? Is the impulse to self-narration universal? How does time inform narrative, or is it the other way round? We'll also seek to examine what the impact of the theoretical discourse has been on writing autobiography. Required readings: Patrick Besson. Tour Jade (2003) Marguerite Duras. L’Amant (1984 Marie Nimier. La Reine du silence (2004) George Perec. W. ou le souvenir d’enfance (1975) Prerequisite: One of FREN 320, FREN 321, FREN 328, FREN...
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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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FREN470A Studies in Modern French Linguistics - MODRN FR LING Sections

Instructor(s): Winder, William
Accent sémantique et rhétorique Dans son Exercices de style Queneau nous offre 99 versions de la même histoire (les péripéties d’un homme pleurnicheur dans un bus), chacune écrite dans un style différent. Le style ? On le reconnaît comme ce qui change dans l’expression sans changement du sens général. Mais même dans cette couche sémantique censée rester stable globalement, il y a la spécificité du découpage et de l’égrenage des unités porteuses de sens. Le sens a en effet lui aussi sa forme et donc son style. De même, quand au restaurant un francophone commande en anglais « some sheep » pour son dîner, sans la moindre trace d’une prononciation étrangère, ou que l’anglophone « apporte » son ami avec lui à une fête, il s’agit d’un style sémantique étranger tout aussi reconnaissable qu’un accent phonétique. Dans ce cours nous dépisterons les sources de l’accent sémantique, que ce soit dans le transfert négatif entre le français et...
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FREN483A Studies in Literature and History - STDY LIT&HISTORY Sections

Instructor(s): Sarkonak, Ralph
La France et la Deuxième Guerre mondiale La Deuxième Guerre mondiale n’arrête pas d’être d’une actualité cuisante dans la France d’aujourd’hui, où les souvenirs de la défaite de 1940, de l’Occupation et des déportations ne cessent de troubler la conscience d’une nation. Quoique la génération de la guerre soit en train de disparaître, les souvenirs de cette triste époque restent vifs tant par les œuvres de l’époque que par celles d’aujourd’hui. Ce cours se donnera pour but d’étudier un livre écrit par un historien contemporain ainsi que trois livres écrits par des femmes de l’époque: Irène Némirovsky, Hélène Berr et Marguerite Duras. Ces écrivaines, dont deux sont mortes en déportation, ont témoigné des effets de la guerre et de l’Occupation allemande sur leur pays. Ces œuvres nous parlent et nous affectent par une écriture si proche des affreux événements des années quarante. Les dures réalités de l’Occupation, le contact quotidien avec...
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FREN495 Research Seminar in French Sections

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

[Cross-listed with FREN 410E and FREN 520] La Révolution française: histoire, fiction, débats La révolution de 1789 a laissé une marque profonde dans l’imaginaire de la France. Rupture fondatrice, elle a inspiré une production discursive considérable qui s’est employée à raconter, expliquer et commenter cet événement qui entendait s’affranchir d’un ordre ancien et construire un monde neuf. Romans, poèmes, chansons, pièces de théâtre, journaux, gravures et pamphlets publiés pendant la décennie 1789-1799 ont tenté de saisir cette révolution autant qu’ils ont contribué à l’ériger en mythe. Plus de deux siècles plus tard, la représentation de ce renversement de l’ordre politique et social demeure aujourd’hui encore un enjeu important de l’identité française. Historiens et écrivains continuent de se partager le devoir d’interroger ces années d’euphorie et de violence afin de leur donner un sens pour le présent. À travers l’étude de documents authentiques du 18e siècle et de fictions contemporaines, ce cours entend donner...
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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 Department's Graduate Faculty: a supervisor who will meet regularly with the student and a second reader. 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...
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FREN511A Studies in Contemporary French Literature - CONTEMP FR LIT Sections

Instructor(s): Laroussi, Farid
Le roman de l’extrême contemporain Une des caractéristiques du roman français aujourd’hui réside dans l’absence de frontières génériques (romanesque, autobiographie, essai, polar, science fiction) accompagnée d’une surenchère de mouvements ou courants (académique, nouveau roman, avant-gardiste, historique, féministe, minimaliste, etc.). Force est de se demander: qu’est-ce qui se joue dans le roman de la fin du XXème et du XXIème siècle? Si la postmodernité a proposé des stratégies pour nommer la dissémination, le chaos, que peut-on dire de l’hypermodernité selon Gilles Liptovesky ou de l'extrême contemporain selon Dominique Viart? Existe-t-il une nouvelle pensée du contemporain qui émerge de l’effervescence ou de la radicalisation littéraire et critique? L’exacerbation sous-tendue dans “hyper” et "extrême" connote-t-elle un simple dépassement? Si oui, de quoi? En quoi le nouveau et l’esthétique ne sont plus des dispositions dans la production littéraire? Que reste-t-il du roman alors? Voilà quelques pistes que nous aurons à emprunter dans nos lectures. Il s’agira aussi dans ce séminaire...
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FREN512A Studies in Literary Criticism - LIT CRITICISM Sections

Instructor(s): Zhang, Gaoheng
The Art of Eloquence: Theories and Practices [cross-listed with SPAN501A] The course studies key works on the art of eloquence in the West, from ancient Greece and Rome, through Renaissance and Enlightenment Italy, to modern-day European-American-Canadian academia. Known as rhetoric, eloquence is the art of communication, motivation, and persuasion, which was theorized by influential thinkers, and which was a mandatory discipline both for European elites up until the 19thcentury and for students of public speaking and composition in our time. Rhetoric’s concerns with content and form, knowledge and its communication, the speaker and the audience, as well as the ethics of means and ends remain central to the humanities today. The course will examine eloquence for three primary purposes. First, we will examine rhetoric’s relationships with umbrella topics such as motivation, education, ethics, gender, science, the media, and transculturation, as well as probe how to use rhetoric to conduct discourse analysis of literary,...
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FREN513A Studies in French-Canadian Literature - FR CANADIAN LIT Sections

FREN548 Major Essay Sections

FREN566B Studies in French Semantics - FR SEMANTICS STD Sections

Microscopie linguistique du texte poétique: les Fables choisies de La Fontaine Le premier but du cours est de montrer aux étudiants qu’un texte même connu et en apparence simple contient, cachées dans ses structures linguistiques, des nuances et de l’information dont le lecteur n’est souvent pas conscient (bien qu’elles aient pu inconsciemment contribuer à sa lecture). Le second but sera d’amener les participants à faire eux-mêmes de telles analyses. L’approche sera avant tout pratique, le cours consistant essentiellement en une quinzaine d’analyses de fables, au début présentées par le professeur, puis menées collectivement en séminaire, et en fin de semestre présentées en exposés par les étudiants. Ce sera le travail principal. Tous les ordres de données linguistiques seront pris en compte: phonétique, mètre et rime, lexique, morphologie, syntaxe, stylistique. Les données culturelles ne seront pas pour autant délaissées: allusions et références explicites à des faits historiques, des mythes, des croyances diverses, à d’autres...
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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

 

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Summer 2019

FREN101 Beginners' French I Sections

Basic vocabulary, the rudiments of grammar and familiarization with cultures of the French-speaking world.

[accordions collapsible=true active=false style=accordion-container] [accordion title="Course Description - Summer" 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

A continuation of FREN 101.

[accordions collapsible=true active=false style=accordion-container] [accordion title="Course Description - Summer" 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 (6th edition). Cengage (Nelson), 2015.

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FREN111 Elementary French I Sections

Continued improvement in listening, speaking, reading and writing.

[accordions collapsible=true active=false style=accordion-container] [accordion title="Course Description - Summer" style="accordion-style1"] 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: TBA Prerequisite: One of FREN 11, FREN 102 or equivalent Note: Not available for credit to students with FREN 12, FREN 112 or equivalent. The sequence of French language courses FREN101/102, 111/112, 122/123, 224/225 is designed for non native speakers. The Department of FHIS reserves the right to refuse enrollment to any of its language courses to a student who has, in the view of the Department, a level of competence unsuited to that course. Enrollment at or below the level the student has already attained is not permitted. Course registration [/accordion] [accordion title="Course Description - Winter" style="accordion-style2"] Elementary French I A...
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FREN112 Elementary French II Sections

A continuation of FREN 111.

[accordions collapsible=true active=false style=accordion-container] [accordion title="Course Description - Summer" style="accordion-style1"] 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 [/accordion] [accordion title="Course Description - Winter" style="accordion-style2"] Elementary French II A continuation of the A2 level work begun in FREN 111, focused on the understanding of detached sentences and expressions related to everyday life (such as personal and familial information, regular purchases, one’s immediate environment including home, community and workplace). French grammatical structures such as uses of pronouns, the future...
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FREN122 Intermediate French I Sections

Refinement of reading, writing and speaking skills through the study of contemporary literature and other authentic documents of the French-speaking world.

Intermediate French I Refinement of writing and reading, speaking and listening skills through diverse activities: an interactive approach to the review of French grammar, stressing communicative competence; an emphasis on one’s opinion on different topics (work and studies, leisure activities, travel and news); a study of contemporary literature and other authentic documents (newspapers, blogs, music, etc.) of the French-Speaking world; an introduction to essay-writing in French. The FREN 122 syllabus follows the Common European Framework of Reference guideline for B1.1 level. Three hours a week will be devoted to providing students with tools for dealing with situations that they are likely to encounter in a French speaking region. Students will be able to understand the main points of clear standard speech on familiar subjects in work, school and leisure activities; to produce a simple and cohesive text on familiar subjects or subjects of personal interest and to narrate an event or an experience. Lectures...
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FREN123 Intermediate French II Sections

A continuation of FREN 122.

Intermediate French II French 123 is a continuation of French 122: a refinement of reading, speaking and listening skills with additional emphasis on techniques of writing through diverse activities: an interactive approach to the review of French grammar, stressing communicative competence; an emphasis on expressing one’s opinion on different topics (work and studies, literature, arts and news): a practical application of strategies for essay-writing in French; a study of contemporary literature and other authentic documents (newspapers, blogs, music, etc.) of the French-Speaking world. The FREN 123 syllabus follows the Common European Framework of Reference guidelines for the B1.2 level. Three hours a week will be devoted to providing students with tools for dealing with most situations that they would likely encounter in a French speaking region. Students will be able to produce structured and connected texts on topics that are familiar, of personal interest or related to documents read inside and outside of...
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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