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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - FRW5829
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  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2004-02-27
  2. Department: World Language Education
  3. College: AS
  4. Budget Account Number: 1241-000-00
  5. Contact Person: Gaëan Brulotte
  6. Phone: 9742782
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: FRW
  9. Number: 5829
  10. Full Title: An Intro to Modern French Literary Criticsm
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Intro Mod French Literary Crit
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: none
  23. Corequisites: none
  24. Course Description: A graduate elective 3 credit course entirely taught in French, which offers a survey of the main trends and methods in 20th Century literary criticism, the French having been at the avant-garde of the field.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: This addition will confirm our already existing graduate offerings and will appear in the catalog as a regular course instead of being under the general heading "Selected Topics". It will attract more students in our graduate program and show its diversit
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? Over the years as we have offered this course as "Selected Topics" students have emphasized how essential this course has been in their graduate formation. Samples of student comments in their final evaluation include: "I believe every literature student should take it. It has changed my way of thinking, my way of analyzing literature, my way of writing. " "This course is absolutely essential for every graduate student interested in language and/or literature; it provides a basis from which language and the text can be approached", "should be a requirement". We have listened to students by offering it on a regular basis as "Selected Topics". It's now more than time to make it a permanent catalog addition.

    This course would also service English (Comparative Literature), Philosophy, Humanities, History as well as Anthropology, International Studies, Social Sciences, Linguistics.

  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? The course has been offered 8 times since its creation in 1984 as "Selected Topics".
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Fluent knowledge of French language and culture, as well as Literary Criticism and Theory in all disciplines involved (Psychoanalysis, Phenomenology, Sociology, Mythology, Reader's Response, Linguistics, Rhetoric, Stylistics, Genetics, Feminism, Queer Theory, Deconstruction, New Historicism, Comparative Literature theory, Post-structuralism).
  29. Objectives: The course is aimed at familiarizing the students with the major critical texts of each existing method and explaining through short application samples of each approach to diverse literary classic texts how these methods work. The course also gives the opportunity to see direct in-class applications of the various critical approaches to one single literary text, the short story Le Horla by Maupassant, and discover how a simple literary fiction can be very rich in meaning and a mine of information. The course will also develop students’ better understanding of the process of creative writing and the philosophy of art.
  30. Learning Outcomes: 1.Be able to apply solid critical thinking and methodology to any text, in whatever language they master or are learning

    2.Feel more comfortable commenting in depth upon literature

    3.Be able to read texts with more depth and better understanding

    4.Develop skills such as independent and conceptual thinking

    5.Have an excellent knowledge of the major representative literary critics of our time.

    6.Be able to choose a critical method or a combination of methods they feel close to for their future papers and research, hence influencing in a positive manner the rest of their career

    7.Have open eyes on new and innovative ways to analyze and study literature

    8.Enlarge their horizons and certainly the way to look at all literatures

    9.Understand the importance of literary criticism, its history and its role today within the discipline of French studies

    10.Understand the concepts of literature, its functions, its structures, its canon.

    11.Understand the diverse conceptions there are throughout history of creative writing and the role of writers

    12.Further understand French literature

  31. Major Topics: Literature in French: history and criticism

    Psychoanalysis, Phenomenology, Sociology, Mythology, Reader's Response, Linguistics, Rhetoric, Stylistics, Genetics, Feminism, Queer Theory, Deconstruction, New Historicism, Comparative Literature theory, Post-structuralism.

    French Literature, 20th century Methodology, 19th and 20th century French Literature, Maupassant, Short story in French.

  32. Textbooks: 1 Guy de Maupassant Le Horla, Paris, Pocket. ISBN 2-266-08298-1

    2 Tadié, Jean-Yves. La Critique littéraire au XXe siècle. Paris, "Agora", Pocket, 1987, No 179. ISBN 2-266-12646-6

    3 Thumerel, Fabrice. La critique littéraire. Paris. Armand Colin, 1998, 191p. ISBN 2-200-01572-0

    4 G. Brulotte. Anthology of Literary Criticism (xeroxed material)

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