French Courses

 

Winter 2020

Winter 2020

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.

Course type: Hybrid A hybrid course may involve a combination of synchronous activities (done in "real time") and asynchronous activities (done in one's own time). The course will be delivered online. [accordions collapsible=true active=false style=accordion-container] [accordion title="Course Description - Summer" style="accordion-style1"] A continuation of the A1 level work begun in FREN 101 and its journey into the French language and around the Francophone world. With an approach that is communicative and collaborative, and inductive and interactive, the course develops understanding and the mobilisation of knowledge as savoir-faire. French grammatical structures studied include: common verbs in past and future tenses, reflexive verbs, personal and relative pronouns, and comparatives. These will be applied in practice through: listening: understanding everyday communication about yourself, your family, and your immediate and concrete environment reading: understanding familiar vocabulary in simple communicative structures; such as advertisements, signs, menus speaking: asking questions for information or about familiar or everyday topics, and engaging 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.

Course type: Hybrid A hybrid course may involve a combination of synchronous activities (done in "real time") and asynchronous activities (done in one's own time). The course will be delivered online. [accordions collapsible=true active=false style=accordion-container] [accordion title="Course Description - Summer" style="accordion-style1"] A continuation of the A1 level work begun in FREN 101 and its journey into the French language and around the Francophone world. With an approach that is communicative and collaborative, and inductive and interactive, the course develops understanding and the mobilisation of knowledge as savoir-faire. French grammatical structures studied include: common verbs in past and future tenses, reflexive verbs, personal and relative pronouns, and comparatives. These will be applied in practice through: listening: understanding everyday communication about yourself, your family, and your immediate and concrete environment reading: understanding familiar vocabulary in simple communicative structures; such as advertisements, signs, menus speaking: asking questions for information or about familiar or everyday topics, and engaging with...
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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.

Course type: Hybrid A hybrid course may involve a combination of synchronous activities (done in "real time") and asynchronous activities (done in one's own time). The course will be delivered online. [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...
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FREN112 Elementary French II Sections

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

Course type: Hybrid A hybrid course may involve a combination of synchronous activities (done in "real time") and asynchronous activities (done in one's own time). The course will be delivered online. [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...
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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.

Course type: Hybrid A hybrid course may involve a combination of synchronous activities (done in "real time") and asynchronous activities (done in one's own time). The course will be delivered online. Intermediate French I With an approach that is communicative and collaborative, inductive and interactive, the course develops understanding of the French language and the Francophone world and refines 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 group work and task-based activities; an introduction to essay-writing in French; an emphasis on the expression one’s opinion on different topics (work and studies, leisure activities, social topics, news); a study of contemporary literature and other authentic documents (newspapers, blogs, music, etc.) of the French-Speaking world. FREN122 syllabus follows the Common European Framework of Reference guideline for B1 level (first half). Three hours a week will be devoted to providing students...
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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.

Course type: Hybrid A hybrid course may involve a combination of synchronous activities (done in "real time") and asynchronous activities (done in one's own time). The course will be delivered online. 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...
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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.

Course type: Hybrid A hybrid course may involve a combination of synchronous activities (done in "real time") and asynchronous activities (done in one's own time). The course will be delivered online. L'individu face aux normes sociales This year's FREN 220 focuses on pariahs and outcasts, loners and wanderers, individuals who pit themselves against social norms or who question them in order to imagine a better society. The protagonist of Marie de France's Lai de Lanval must hide the existence of his otherworldly lover, and is subsequently shunned by the court. Christine de Pizan's poetry sings of despair and resilience in the face of insurmountable loss. Joachim Du Bellay writes about nostalgia and yearns for a place to belong to. Rabelais and Montaigne dream of an educational system that could teach freedom and self-discovery. Phèdre, the eponymous heroin of Racine's tragedy, rages against the norms that pit passion against duty. FREN 220 offers a survey of...
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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.

Course type: Hybrid A hybrid course may involve a combination of synchronous activities (done in "real time") and asynchronous activities (done in one's own time). The course will be delivered online. Identités Nationales Dans ce cours nous nous proposons d’examiner les singularités et les complexités de l’identité nationale telles qu’exprimées dans divers textes littéraires depuis le XVIIIe siècle et la Révolution française jusqu’au présent. Que les textes datent du XVIIIe siècle ou du XXIe, chacun nous permet une réflexion sur la question posée par Ernest Renan en 1885: “Qu’est-ce qu’une nation?” autant que sur la question impliquée par celle-là: qui fait partie de la nation? Par la même occasion ces textes nous offrent un survol des grands mouvements de la littérature française du XVIIIe au XXIe siècles et une introduction à quelques textes francophones. Textes: Montesquieu. Lettres persanes (extraits) Claire de Duras. Ourika. Guy de Maupassant. Boule de suif. + choix de textes du XXe et XXIe siècle. Prerequisite: FREN...
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FREN222 French Language and Style I Sections

Grammar, vocabulary, composition, language in context.

Course type: Hybrid A hybrid course may involve a combination of synchronous activities (done in "real time") and asynchronous activities (done in one's own time). The course will be delivered online. 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 (UBC Bookstore) Recommended texts: Le Nouveau Petit Robert, Dictionnaire alphabétique et analogique de la langue française. Robert-Collins, English-French French-English Dictionary. Stacey Katz Bourns, Contextualized French Grammar, Heinle Cengage Learning. Prerequisite: FREN 123 Language of instruction: French Course Registration
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FREN223 French Language and Style II Sections

Grammar, vocabulary, composition, language in context.

Course type: Hybrid A hybrid course may involve a combination of synchronous activities (done in "real time") and asynchronous activities (done in one's own time). The course will be delivered online. 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) Recommended texts: Le Nouveau Petit Robert, Dictionnaire alphabétique et analogique de la langue française. Robert-Collins, English-French French-English Dictionary. Stacey Katz Bourns, Contextualized French Grammar, Heinle Cengage Learning. Prerequisite: FREN 222 Language of instruction: French Course Registration
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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.

Course type: Hybrid A hybrid course may involve a combination of synchronous activities (done in "real time") and asynchronous activities (done in one's own time). The course will be delivered online. 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...
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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.

Course type: Hybrid A hybrid course may involve a combination of synchronous activities (done in "real time") and asynchronous activities (done in one's own time). The course will be delivered online. 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...
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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.

Selected Works of African and Caribbean Literature Ce cours invite les étudiants à découvrir les littératures antillaise et africaine d’expression française. Notre itinéraire transocéanique nous amène en Afrique de l’Ouest, en Haïti et en Algérie. La première partie du cours sera consacrée à une épopée africaine du Moyen Âge et sa représentation de la fondation de l’Empire du Mali. Ensuite, nous étudierons un roman qui se veut autant une critique du régime des Duvalier (1957-1986) que du colorisme virulent en Haïti. La dernière partie du cours porte sur une nouvelle dont le fil conducteur est la guerre d’Algérie (1954-62). Quoique les œuvres littéraires se distinguent par leur genre littéraire, leur contexte historique et origine géographique, elles nous permettront d’explorer plusieurs thèmes récurrents parmi lesquels figurent la nation, le colonialisme, la religion, l’altérité, le racisme, le patriarcat et le langage. L’analyse du corpus éclairera également la question de la transposition d’un texte...
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FREN329 Selected Works of European French Literature Sections

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

French Literature Survey Ce cours propose un survol du roman français contemporain (après 1945), avec notamment un choix d'oeuvres représentant une évolution littéraire, à travers les voix masculine et féminine. Nous découvrirons aussi les transformations narratives de ce qui constitue le roman contemporain français. Les textes seront abordés à la lumière de leur contexte culturel (identité française ?), politique (engagement ?), et théorique (discours sur la littérature ?). Le travail en cours portera sur l'analyse critique, notamment en abordant les compétences de réflexion et de composition littéraires. Required readings: Camus, Albert. La chute (1956) Modiano, Patrick. La place de l’étoile (1968) Duras, Marguerite. Écrire (1993) Papin, Line. Les os des filles (2020) 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.

Introduction à la littérature québécoise Pour les besoins de ce cours, nous ferons d’abord un large survol du Régime français jusqu’à l’époque contemporaine, tout en 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, dans le texte intégral, et l’occasion pour l’étudiant(e) de se familiariser avec la lecture et l’analyse de cette littérature. Lectures obligatoires: Germaine Guèvremont, Le Survenant Jacques Godbout, Salut Galarneau! Denise Boucher, Les Fées ont soif Guillaume Vigneault, Chercher le vent Ouvrages de référence: Beaudoin, Réjean. 1991. Le roman québécois. Montréal : Boréal. Émond, Maurice. 1987. Anthologie du conte fantastique québécois au XXe siècle. Montréal: Fides. Greffard, Madeleine et Jean-Guy Sabourin. 1997. Le théâtre québécois. Montréal: Boréal. Lamontagne, André. 2004. Le roman contemporain québécois. Montréal: Fides. Mailhot, Laurent et Pierre Nepveu. 1986. La poésie québécoise. Anthologie. Montréal: Typo. Prerequisite: One of FREN 220, 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 envoyés 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.

[Cross-listed with Medieval Studies 301] Journeys to the East: Tales of Travel and Conquest in Medieval French Literature The European Middle Ages did not occur in a bubble: medieval Europe was part of an interconnected social, political, economic and cultural continuum that spanned much of Eurasia and Africa, and included a myriad religions, languages and societies. This course aims to explore this global medieval world through the lens of French literature: how it represented non-feudal and non-majority-Christian cultures, what sort of contacts it focused on (peaceful or agressive), and the ways in which it indirectly depicted itself through describing (or fantasizing) the "Other". The course will therefore focus on medieval representations of the world and of societies and cultures beyond Western Europe, as well as early instances of Orientalism and Othering, through fictional and factual accounts. Texts will include The Song of Roland and its confrontational depiction of the Muslim world; Villehardouin's chronicle of the...
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FREN349 French Literatures since the Revolution (in English) Sections

French literature through reading and analysis of translated works.

Narratives of Social Crisis in Francophone Writing Epic literature tells us about the birth of nations, war stories tell us about the lives of soldiers, historical novels represent people living through national events. But Francophone literatures also offer us another genre often overlooked: the narrative of social crisis shows us what happens when a whole community is suddenly confronted with life-altering conditions that no one had imagined a few weeks before their onset: great pandemics, the coming to power of a tyrant, a community decimated by the tidal wave of the slave-trade. How do we process a disaster that overwhelms our belief systems, our institutions and all our previous assumptions about our lives and the places we share with others? Yet such situations are not new to the history of peoples of the French-speaking world. Based on three novels by French, Haitian and Cameroonian authors, we will work together as a class,...
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FREN351 Corrective French Phonetics Sections

Theory and practice of French pronunciation, corrective phonetics; foundation for the phonetic transcription of international French.

Phonétique corrective Ce cours abordera quelques “savoirs” théoriques de la phonétique française, mais se concentrera surtout sur des “savoir-faire”; il a pour but principal d’améliorer la compétence orale des étudiants dans son ensemble, c’est-à-dire autant du point de vue de la production que de la compréhension. Les étudiants travailleront la prononciation, l’intonation et le rythme à travers différents types d’exercices (pratique de la transcription phonétique de prose et de poésie, exercices de prononciation et d’intonation, lecture expressive). Ils seront également exposés à des documents sonores authentiques qui leur permettront de mieux apprécier et comprendre l’oral spontané dans toute sa variété. Matériel de référence Recueil de photocopies (notes de cours et exercices). UBC-Blog: “Modules d’aide à la compréhension orale”. Laboratoire de phonétique en ligne (Université Laval). Travaux des étudiants Les devoirs écrits correspondent à différents types de transcription: la transcription en alphabet phonétique international [API] “basique”, la transcription API “améliorée” (avec notation de l’accentuation et...
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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.

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.

Introduction à la linguistique française Ce cours familiarisera l’étudiant avec les concepts de base en linguistique et à leur application à l’étude de la langue française. Le cours vise à décrire la langue française en tant que système, mais aussi à apprécier la variation linguistique dans le monde francophone. Les principaux domaines de la linguistique seront couverts : morphologie, syntaxe et sémantique, phonétique et phonologie, et sociolinguistique. Nous parlerons aussi des méthodes d’analyse, de l’acquisition du français (langue primaire et seconde) et des politiques linguistiques dans le monde francophone. Required readings: Les lectures seront disponibles sur le site Canvas. Prerequisite: FREN 223 Language of instruction: French Course Registration
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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 Qu’est-ce que la littérature ? Pourquoi s’y intéresser ? Comment en parler ? Ce cours propose de revenir sur les réponses à la fois complexes et variées que les théoriciens de la littérature ont 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 psychocritique, les théories de la réception, la critique féministe et la critique postcoloniale. Combinant exposés et...
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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.

I Fought the Law: the Criminal Underworld in Medieval French Literature Our popular conception of the Middle Ages often depicts the period as rigorous, oppressive and moralistic, while in fact medieval literature and culture were fascinated with criminals, thieves, cheaters and swindlers, in a dual celebration and condemnation of the outlaw lifestyle. This year's FREN 407 focuses on texts and authors living on the fringe of society, breaking the law and flouting authority. We will begin with the tale of famous star-crossed lovers Tristan and Iseult, whose adulterous passion forced them to lie, cheat and hide in the forest like common brigands. We will then move on to satirical literature, specifically the humorous depictions of everyday petty crime in the 13th century fabliaux, and the animalistic shenanigans of Renart, the anthropomorphic fox, in the eponymous Roman de Renart. We will learn about the chilling exploits of Eustace the Monk, a pirate and...
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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 et ses jeux de miroirs Les œuvres de la Renaissance française posent souvent un défi au lecteur moderne, non seulement en raison de leur distance temporelle, mais aussi par leur mobilité et leur manque de clôture, et par la manière dont elles nous impliquent dans leur (re-)création, dans leur réception. Les textes du seizième siècle se proposent d’ailleurs souvent comme des espèces de miroirs ou portraits (de l’âme, de l’auteur, des lecteurs, de la société). Comment faut-il les regarder, les interpréter ? Ces textes comprennent fréquemment des adresses directes aux narrataires ou aux lecteurs – des invitations à les lire, à y participer, voire à y devenir complice… Mais de quoi ? Quels jeux ces écrivains renaissants nous proposent-ils ? Et en sortirons-nous indemnes ? Faut-il se fier aux assurances de ces figures auctoriales ? Impliqués dans la mise en question de concepts aussi fondamentaux que la réalité, le moi et...
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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...
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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.

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 ? Existe-t-il une nouvelle pensée du contemporain qui émerge de l’effervescence ou de la radicalisation littéraire et critique ? En quoi le nouveau et l’esthétique sont-ils transformés dans la production littéraire ? Comment l’auteur se situe-t-il entre l’engagement et une voix individualiste ? Ce sont ici quelques pistes que nous aurons à emprunter dans nos lectures. Il s’agira aussi dans ce cours d’analyser les textes au plus près. Required readings: Olivier Rolin. Port-Soudan (1994) Jean Echenoz. Les grandes blondes (1995) Delphine de Vigan. No et moi (2007) Camille Laurens. Fille (2020) Prerequisite: French 328, 329, or 330 Language of...
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FREN430A Studies in Quebecois Literature - QUEBECOIS LIT Sections

FREN470A Studies in Modern French Linguistics - MODRN FR LING Sections

French Language and Societies This course is an introduction to sociolinguistics, with a focus on French-speaking societies. Throughout the semester, we will discuss basic concepts in sociolinguistics and address main topics in the field, including language variation, language contact and its possible outcomes, standardization, multilingualism, identity questions, and language attitudes and ideologies. This course aims to enable students to analyse, understand and discuss the links between language and society by providing students with the knowledge of sociolinguistic theory, research methods, main concepts and terminology along with developing the relevant application skills. All discussions and work submitted in this course will be in French. Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to: Recognize the challenges of linguistic and sociocultural diversity in the French-speaking world. Understand the main concepts and theories in sociolinguistics and apply them to the study of French and multilingual communities. Discuss and explain the link between various...
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FREN484A Studies in Book Culture - STD BOOK CULTURE Sections

A historical approach to the social transformations of the book trade in France.

Studies in Book Culture What did books look like in the past? Who owned them? How much did they cost? According to Marshall McLuhan, « the medium is the message ». So writing on a computer, using printed books or listening to a poetry reading are all very different experiences that inform our relationship to what we now call literature. This course will have two different aims: the first is to provide an initiation to the history of the book as we know it, from its manuscript origins to its most modern formats. Students will have the opportunity to learn the main aspects of its making and its evolution, but also technical skills like how to date a book or how to find its origins, as well as how to describe it using technical vocabulary in French; the second aim of the course is to build the ability of the students to read...
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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 510) Baudelaire et la poétique de la modernité S’il est pertinent de distinguer le fait d’être moderne, c’est-à-dire le fait d’appartenir à une époque historique déterminée et la conscience de modernité alors il faut admettre que l’oeuvre de Charles Baudelaire se situe du côté de cette seconde catégorie. Elle s’attache précisément à circonscrire les conditions de la modernité en l’expérimentant aussi bien sur le plan “théorique” de la réflexion critique  que sur le plan directement poétique (dans Les Fleurs du Mal ou les Petits poèmes en prose). À travers ses textes, Baudelaire s’affirme comme penseur de la « modernité », terme qu’il a inventé en en faisant le mot d’ordre d’une esthétique et d’une poétique nouvelles centrées sur le rapport entre la modernité dans l’art et modernité de la vie quotidienne, avec sa banalité, son héroïsme, ses fausses idoles et ses humbles victimes. Dans ce cours, nous nous proposons d’étudier...
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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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FREN502A Studies in Sixteenth-Century French Literature - 16TH CENT LIT Sections

L’écriture féminine à la Renaissance Dans ce séminaire nous lirons un choix de textes écrits (ou apparemment signés) par des femmes au seizième siècle, en explorant leur réception par la suite. Dans grand nombre de ces textes il s’agit du rapport entre les sexes (histoires d’amour, complaintes ou avertissements contre la folie d’amour, voire la perfidie du sexe masculin). Il est aussi question de la voix féminine, des dangers de la rhétorique, des séductions de la narration, ainsi que du droit à l’écriture. Certes, ces textes sont pleins d’emprunts à la littérature de la tradition (masculine) et font souvent preuve des mêmes soucis esthétiques et moraux, mais ils présentent néanmoins des images de l’homme et de la femme, de l’amour et du mariage et de l’écriture, qui se distinguent souvent nettement de leurs intertextes masculins. Nous examinerons donc les différentes visions que nous présentent ces auteurs, tant à la lumière du...
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FREN510A Studies in Nineteenth-Century French Literature - BAUDELAIRE Sections

FREN512A Studies in Literary Criticism - LIT CRITICISM Sections

Introduction to Literary Theory [cross-listed with SPAN501] The aim of this seminar is to introduce students to the key texts, themes and some of the more influential theories in literary criticism and cultural studies from the twentieth century to the present. The course is primarily designed for those with little or no background in theory who need an initial survey to focus their interests. Students are encouraged to go beyond the material covered in class in individual assignments. Required readings: Rivkin, Julie and Michael Ryan, eds. Literary Theory: An Anthology (Third Edition, Blackwell, 2017). Recommended readings: Malpas, Simon, and Paul Wake, eds. The Routledge Companion to Critical Theory (Routlege, 2006). Selden, Raman, Peter Widdowson, and Peter Brooker. A Reader’s Guide to Contemporary Literary Theory (Pearson, 2005). Culler, Jonathan. Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford UP, 2011). Eagleton, Terry. Literary Theory: An Introduction (U Minnesota P, 2008). Language of instruction: English Instructor: Antje Ziethen Course Registration
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FREN514A Studies in the French Novel - PROBS FR NOVEL Sections

Claude Simon  Le but de ce séminaire sera d’étudier quelques romans de Claude Simon (1913-2005; Prix Nobel de la Littérature, 1985) en tant qu’archive du réel. Les animaux et les humains qui habitent l’univers simonien sont dirigés par les principes d’Éros et de Thanatos, dans un échange entre les forces de la vie et de la mort qui n’arrête jamais. Parmi les thèmes qui seront étudiés sont les suivants : l’amour, l’histoire, la guerre, la folie, l’enfance, la vieillesse, le travail et la nature. L’oeuvre de Simon, dont nous parcourrons les principales étapes ou “manières” depuis un des premiers romans jusqu’au dernier, représente une sorte d’encyclopédie sauvage du monde constituée de fragments portant sur des sujets aussi divers que la dérive des continents et la Shoah. Après celle-ci, Simon trouvait qu’il était impossible d’écrire comme auparavant, d’où le choix d’une écriture analogique ancrée à même la matière de la langue. Nous...
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FREN578A Studies in Romance Philology - ROMANCE PHILOLGY 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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FREN599B Master's Thesis - MASTER'S THESIS Sections

FREN699 Doctoral Dissertation Sections