Spring 2022 - FREN 245 D100

Introduction to Literary Studies (3)

Class Number: 1232

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Tu 2:30 PM – 5:20 PM
    WMC 3531, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 21, 2022
    3:30 PM – 5:30 PM
    AQ 5005, Burnaby

  • Prerequisites:

    FREN 222 (students with B+ in FREN 221 can take 222 concurrently with 245).



An introduction to French literary studies with selected works in poetry and prose, including theatre. Attention will be given to methods of analysis. The course will be conducted in French. Students with credit for FREN 240 or 230 cannot take FREN 245 for further credit Breadth-Humanities.


Ce cours offre une introduction aux études littéraires, avec des textes choisis dans différents genres, passant par la poésie, le théâtre, ainsi que le roman, le conte et la nouvelle avec leurs éléments romanesques. Les lectures s’arrêteront sur la spécificité de ces genres, l'image poétique, la notion de personnage, la description littéraire et, quand il y aura lieu, les dimensions sociales, historiques et politiques. Plusieurs méthodes d’analyse des textes seront présentées et acquises durant le cours. Les œuvres retenues ce trimestre, lues dans leur intégralité, datent du dix-neuvième et du vingtième siècles.


Le cours permettra aux étudiants d’approfondir leur lecture des textes, d’étendre leurs habitudes de recherche en bibliothèque et en ligne, et de se familiariser avec les éléments constitutifs d’une composition dans le domaine des études littéraires.


  • Examen de mi-trimestre 25%
  • Composition 35%
  • Participation (engagement dans les discussions de groupe) 15%
  • Examen final 25%


Les textes lus ce trimestre seront, le plus souvent, accompagnés d’une liste de questions pour leur étude à la maison et pour leur discussion durant le cours.

**Le programme et le système d'évaluation sont susceptibles de modifications ce trimestre en raison de la pandémie.**



Jean Cocteau. Orphée (1927). Paris: Stock, 2005.
ISBN: 978-2-234-05802-6

Jean Échenoz. Un an (1997). Paris: Éditions de Minuit, 2003.
ISBN: 978-2-707-31587-8


Des lectures supplémentaires seront indiquées sur Canvas.

Department Undergraduate Notes:

Code of Academic Honesty
The Department of French applies the university's policy and procedures governing matters of academic dishonesty in all French courses. Students registered in French courses are expected to respect the standards laid out in SFU's Code of Academic Honesty, published at the university website http://www.sfu.ca/policies/teaching/t10-02.htm. Evidence of any of the various forms of Academic Disonesty described in this policy document (section 3.0) will be dealt with accordingly to the specified Procedure and Penalties (section 5.0). Students should therefore read this policy document carefully.

Registrar Notes:


SFU’s Academic Integrity web site http://www.sfu.ca/students/academicintegrity.html is filled with information on what is meant by academic dishonesty, where you can find resources to help with your studies and the consequences of cheating.  Check out the site for more information and videos that help explain the issues in plain English.

Each student is responsible for his or her conduct as it affects the University community.  Academic dishonesty, in whatever form, is ultimately destructive of the values of the University. Furthermore, it is unfair and discouraging to the majority of students who pursue their studies honestly. Scholarly integrity is required of all members of the University. http://www.sfu.ca/policies/gazette/student/s10-01.html


Teaching at SFU in spring 2022 will involve primarily in-person instruction, with safety plans in place.  Some courses will still be offered through remote methods, and if so, this will be clearly identified in the schedule of classes.  You will also know at enrollment whether remote course components will be “live” (synchronous) or at your own pace (asynchronous).

Enrolling in a course acknowledges that you are able to attend in whatever format is required.  You should not enroll in a course that is in-person if you are not able to return to campus, and should be aware that remote study may entail different modes of learning, interaction with your instructor, and ways of getting feedback on your work than may be the case for in-person classes.

Students with hidden or visible disabilities who may need class or exam accommodations, including in the context of remote learning, are advised to register with the SFU Centre for Accessible Learning (caladmin@sfu.ca or 778-782-3112) as early as possible in order to prepare for the spring 2022 term.