FREN-478 Modern French-Canadian Lit
The objective in this course is to offer students an opportunity to read and study the astonishing wealth of outstanding literature published in Québec and French-speaking Canada since World War II. Representative texts will be selected based on thematic, generic and/or theoretical considerations. Discussions will focus on questions of cultural and linguistic specificity, of form, and, where appropriate, of gender as it relates to these other questions. Attention will be paid to developing close reading as well as analytical skills, through classroom and online discussions, and essay assignments. Theoretical readings will be used to assist students in securing a critical context for their readings, as well as a broader historical understanding of the various important moments and movements in modern Canadian literature in French.

For the Spring of 2013, course content will be based on the extraordinary tradition of women’s fiction in Québec, beginning with Marie-Claire Blais and the Quiet Revolution, and spanning the latter half of the 20th century up to and including texts participating in feminism and postmodernism, and concluding with a novel from the first decade of the 21st century. The fiction chosen will document the changes in Québécois women’s lives during the period, even as it reflects women’s evolving political, personal and creative aspirations and possibilities.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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