Langage et Littérature (FRNC2657)


This unit focuses on the power of literature: what literature can do? It explores literature as a mode of action and provides students with a methodology for understanding how symbolic meanings, i.e., social, ideological, philosophical, etc. are created in literary texts. Drawing on Prague School Linguistics and Systemic Functional Linguistics, this unit will focus on the language of one of the most influential writer of the 20th century, Simone de Beauvoir, and illustrate how Beauvoir's texts contribute a particular vision of the world that promotes action, choice and responsibility, and extends agency and transcendence to her readers. Students will develop new ways of reading and analysing literary texts and gain an understanding of the role of literature in society.

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1x2-hr seminar/week


200wd class test (40%), 4000wd text analysis project (60%)

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

FRNC1632 or FRNC2621 or FRNC2624 or (FRNC3606 and (FRNC2615 or FRNC2626))



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