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FRENCH 4Y03 Topic:20th Century French Lit

Academic Year: Fall 2016

Term: Fall

Day/Evening: D

Instructor: Dr. John Stout


Office: Togo Salmon Hall 523

Phone: 905-525-9140 x 23634

Office Hours: Tuesdays 1:30-2:30 p.m. and by appointment

Course Objectives:

Dans ce cours nous étudierons le développement de l'écriture expérimentale en Farnce au vingtième siècle. D'abord, il y aura la poésie. Henri Michaux et Bernard Noel mettent la langue et la forme poétique à l'épreuve, nous initiant à la pratique de la poésie comme expérience, comme exorcisme. Les écrivains de l'Oulipo inventent des jeux textuels à base de contraintes afin de transformer la littérature. Dans la seconde partie du cours, nous étudierons le nouveau roman, mouvement littéraire dont La Jalousie de Robbe-Grillet est un des exemples clé. Splendid Hôtel de Marie Redonnet appartient à la suite de ce mouvement. Finalement, Truismes, texte singulier, présente à la fois un réalisme social marqué et une allégorie osée.

Textbooks, Materials & Fees:

Henri Michaux. Épreuves, exorcismes. (Poésie/Gallimard)

Collectif. Anthologie de l'Oulipo, (Poésie/Gallimard)

Alain Robbe-Grillet. La Jalousie (minuit)

Marie Redonnet. Splendid Hôtel. (minuit)

Marie Darrieussecq. Truismes. (Folio)

Bernard Noel. Extraits du corps. (Poésie/Gallimard)

Method of Assessment:

2 explications de poèmes (en classe)    20%

participation       10%

dissertation    35%

examen           35%

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Topics and Readings:

Les sujets de dissertation seront donnés vers le mi-semestre.

Other Course Information:

Il faudra remettre la dissertation le 25 novembre. L'examen sera un "take home exam".