Course Descriptions FREN 3047   Expression écrite I/Written Expression I
CREDIT HOURS: 0.03
This course normally follows FREN 2045 or FREN 2047/2048. It introduces the students to different types of texts and their communicative functions. Students learn how to analyze texts and how to produce them in similar written communicative situations. Grammar is hence taught in the natural context provided by the texts. Students work with a corpus of authentic documents and with electronic tools. While students’ common grammar and stylistic weaknesses are addressed, attention is also given to students’ individual writing problems. Self-correction strategies are put in place to help them overcome these. This course is followed by FREN 3048.03.
FORMAT: Lecture
PREREQUISITES: FREN 2045X/Y.06, or FREN 2047.03 and 2048.03, or instructor's permission
EXCLUSIONS: FREN 3045X/Y.06 or FREN 3047.03 and FREN 3048.03

FREN 3048   Expression écrite II/Written Expression II
CREDIT HOURS: 0.03
This course follows FREN 3047.03 and continues work on different types of texts and their communicative functions. Students learn how to analyze texts and how to produce them in similar written communicative situations. Grammar is hence taught in the natural context provided by the texts. Students work with a corpus of authentic documents and with electronic tools. While students’ common grammar and stylistic weaknesses are addressed, attention is also given to students’ individual writing problems. Self-correction strategies are put in place to help them overcome these. This course is normally followed by FREN 4017.03 and FREN 4046.03.
FORMAT: Lecture
PREREQUISITES: FREN 3047.03 or instructor's permission
EXCLUSIONS: FREN 3045X/Y.06 or FREN 3047.03 and FREN 3048.03

FREN 3070   Le français des affaires II/French for Business II
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course is a continuation of FREN 2070 and will focus on the development of reading, writing and oral skills in the following areas: commercial correspondence and writing; management, banking, financial and economic terminologies; specificities of business word processing in French.
FORMAT:
  • Lecture
  • Discussion

PREREQUISITES: FREN 2070 or instructor's permission
RESTRICTIONS: May not be taken before FREN 2070
EXCLUSIONS: FREN 3030X/Y

FREN 3101   Culture et civilisation françaises/French culture and civilization
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course aims to provide, through lectures, readings, discussions and presentations, an overview of French culture and civilization, which will focus on contemporary France while taking a historical perspective.
PREREQUISITES: 2000-level French course
EXCLUSIONS: FREN 3100X/Y.06

FREN 3125   The French-Speaking World/Le monde francophone
CREDIT HOURS: 3
Given in English, with no prior knowledge of French required, this course provides an introduction to the French-speaking world from a political, cultural, social and economic perspective. Study of the organization known as la Francophonie, with an emphasis on its evolution and mandate, as well as on the bilateral and multilateral cooperation between its member countries. The course is designed for students who are not specializing in French. The course format will consist of lectures and in-class discussion of print and audio-visual materials. Student assessment will be based on oral presentations, assignments, exams and written papers.
NOTES: This course does not satisfy the French degree program requirements. French Majors and Honours students may take this course as an elective.
FORMAT: Lecture
CROSS-LISTING: INTD 3125.03

FREN 3150   Aspects de la francophonie/Aspects of the Francophone World
CREDIT HOURS: 3
Taught in French, this course provides an introduction to the study of the francophone world: political, economic, linguistic, literary and cultural aspects. From year to year the course may emphasize different regions: Western Countries, Sub-Saharan Africa, Pacific Islands, West Indies, Northern Africa.
FORMAT: Lecture
PREREQUISITES: 2000-level French course or instructor’s permission
CROSS-LISTING: INTD 3150.03

FREN 3175   Topical Issues in Francophonie/Thèmes de la francophonie
CREDIT HOURS: 3
Given in English, with no prior knowledge of French required, this course builds on the overview provided by FREN 3125, and involves an in-depth study of a selection of topics that are of relevance to the francophone world, including: the relationship between French and native languages; linguistic and cultural policies; languages in the educational system; economic development issues; North-South relations, etc. Approved with IDS.
NOTES: This course does not satisfy the French degree program requirements. French Majors and Honours students may take this course as an elective.
FORMAT: Lecture
PREREQUISITES: FREN 3125.03/INTD 3125.03 or FREN 3150.03/INTD 3150.03, or instructor's permission

FREN 3203   Approches du texte littéraire/Approaches to Literary Texts
CREDIT HOURS: 3
An introduction to the critical reading of a selection of literary texts (various genres and periods) with an emphasis on Québec literature. The close analysis of short texts will lead to discussions of the broader nature of recurring images and myths as well as central themes. Strongly recommended for French majors and Honours students. Approved with Canadian Studies. Without French 2201 and 2202, this class is not a sufficient prerequisite for 4000-level literature classes.
FORMAT:
  • Lecture
  • Discussion

PREREQUISITES: FREN 2045X/Y.06 or FREN 2047.03 and FREN 2048.03
CROSS-LISTING: CANA 3203.03
EXCLUSIONS: FREN 2203.03 CANA 2203.03

FREN 3300   Parallel Universes (Medieval Literature)
CREDIT HOURS: 3
Introduction to Medieval French narrative literature (12th – 15th centuries) through the motif of the “other world”, whereby the protagonists gain access to a hidden, parallel world. Various examples and literary genres will be considered: lays (Faerie, the land of Cocaigne, etc.), Arthurian romance (the forest of Brocéliande, the island of Avalon, etc.), Alexandrian romance (the terrestrial Paradise, the enclosed land of Gog and Magog, “India” and “Ethiopia”, etc.), real and imaginary travel narratives (Saint Brendan’s Island, Cipangu [Japan], etc.), visions of the afterlife (Heaven, Hell, Purgatoire de Saint Patrice, etc.) or the Apocalypse. Texts will be studied in bilingual editions (Old or Middle French / Modern French).
FORMAT:
  • Lecture
  • Discussion

PREREQUISITES: FREN 2201.03 and FREN 2202.03
EXCLUSIONS: FREN 4300.03

FREN 3400   Love and Death (French Prose & Poetry)
CREDIT HOURS: 3
Introduction to 16th century French thought and literature through the study of two topics, often intertwined: “l’amour” (love) and “la mort” (death). Comparisons to earlier and later occurrences of the same “themes” in French literature will be involved, from courtly love and late medieval “macabre” to 17th c. baroque literature. Various genres will be considered: poetry, narrative prose, commentaries, philosophical essays, etc.
FORMAT:
  • Lecture
  • Discussion

PREREQUISITES: FREN 2201.03 and FREN 2202.03
EXCLUSIONS: FREN 4401.03

FREN 3500   La littérature du dix-septième siècle/17th Century French Literature
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course offers an introduction to seventeenth century French literature with a primary focus on representative works by three major dramatists: Corneille, Molière and Racine. It explores their vision of humanity and the world and assesses their contribution to French literature and the history of ideas.
FORMAT:
  • Lecture
  • Discussion

PREREQUISITES: FREN 2201.03 and FREN 2202.03

FREN 3600   La littérature du dix-huitième siècle/18th Century French Literature
CREDIT HOURS: 3
An introduction to the literature of the 18th century which includes works by such authors as Voltaire, Rousseau, Diderot and Marivaux. Each year the readings and class discussions will be centred on a different theme (for example: the hero, women, love, wealth and power).
FORMAT:
  • Lecture
  • Discussion

PREREQUISITES: FREN 2201.03 and 2202.03

FREN 3700   La littérature du dix-neuvième siècle/19th Century French Literature
CREDIT HOURS: 3
An introduction to the main literary movements of the 19th Century: Romanticism, Realism, Symbolism. Focus is on representative authors and/or texts belonging to one or more of these trends.
FORMAT:
  • Lecture
  • Discussion

PREREQUISITES: FREN 2201.03/FREN 2202.03

FREN 3730   La bande dessinée franco-belge/The Franco-Belgian Comic Strip
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course offers an analysis of the development of Franco-Belgian comics (bandes dessinées) from the post-war period to the present time, focusing on a number of major authors, magazines and publishers. Several theoretical approaches will be used including semiotics, sociocriticism and cultural studies.
FORMAT:
  • Lecture
  • Seminar

PREREQUISITES: FREN 2201.03 and FREN 2202.03

FREN 3750   Littérature industrielle, roman populaire et roman de consommation/Popular Literature and the Rise of Mass Culture
CREDIT HOURS: 3
The second half of the XIXth century witnesses the development and increasing popularization of the novel as the pre-eminent form of literary expression, concurrently with a dramatic increase and diversification of the reading public. This course will explore the evolution of the novel during this period, with a particular emphasis on the appearance of serialized novels in magazines and newspapers (le feuilleton) and on the development of “genre” fiction and the concept of “popular” literature. Books or excerpts from several representative writers of the time (Alexandre Dumas père, Eugène Sue, Balzac, Frédéric Soulié, Paul Féval, Jules Verne) will be analysed and discussed, in the light of theoretical works on the development of modern mass culture (Umberto Eco, René Guise, Daniel Couégnas, Lise Queffélec).
FORMAT:
  • Lecture
  • Seminar

PREREQUISITES: FREN 2201.03 and FREN 2202.03

FREN 3800   Théâtre et poésie du vingtième siècle/French Theatre and Poetry of the 20th Century
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course offers study of modern poetry from Dada and Surrealism to the work of contemporary poets such as Yves Bonnefoy, Jacques Dupin and Michel Deguy; and of modern theatre from Jarry to Beckett, Ionesco and beyond.
FORMAT:
  • Lecture
  • Discussion

PREREQUISITES: FREN 2201.03 and FREN 2202.03

FREN 3810   Prose et théorie littéraire du 20e siècle/20th Century Prose and Literary Theory
CREDIT HOURS: 3
Analysis of a broad selection of short prose by major novelists of the 20th century from Gide, Proust and Aragon, but with emphasis upon the more recent work of Beckett, Sarraute, Simon, Duras, Le Clézio and Cixous. Parallel discussion will be centred upon the literary theory of critics such as Bachelard, Poulet, Starobinski, Barthes and Derrida.
FORMAT:
  • Lecture
  • Discussion

PREREQUISITES: FREN 2201.03 and FREN 2202.03

FREN 3811   Introduction à la littérature francophone de l'Afrique subsaharienne et des Caraïbes/Introduction to African and Caribbean Francophone Literature
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course focuses on the evolution of African and Caribbean literature from its origins to the present day. It prepares students for upper level courses in African and Caribbean literature, for example FREN 4811.03 (Francophone Poetry).
FORMAT:
  • Lecture
  • Discussion

PREREQUISITES: FREN 2201.03 and FREN 2202.03 or permission of instructor

FREN 3900   /FREN 3901: La littérature canadienne-française/French-Canadian Literature
CREDIT HOURS: 3
In-depth study of a few major works of French-Canadian literature with emphasis on the period from 1945 to the present day. Approved with Canadian Studies.
FORMAT:
  • Lecture
  • Discussion

PREREQUISITES: FREN 2201.03 and FREN 2202.03
CROSS-LISTING: CANA 3900.03/CANA 3901.03

FREN 3994   Independent Study
CREDIT HOURS: 3
This course is normally given in preparation for students studying abroad in the Winter term.