M.A. Course Work

M.A. courses take the form of seminars. Students are required to attain a minimum of 70% in order to pass a graduate course. Students who fail a course must take another course as a replacement for the failed course but the initial mark will still count towards the student’s average. All students must maintain a general average above 60 per cent. Students who fail more than two courses will be asked to withdraw from the M.A. program.

Graduate students may apply to the Graduate Committee to take one or two courses, up to an equivalent of six credit units, in another department. Such an application must include a letter indicating the particular value of these courses to the program or to the thesis. Under the Western Dean's Agreement, a student in the French program at this University may also register in a graduate course, up to an equivalent of six credit units, at another Western Canadian university.

The experience of intellectual debate provided by seminars is vital to graduate study. Course work in French graduate degrees is intended to give students an opportunity to study a range of literature and experience a variety of approaches at the graduate level, and should not focus exclusively on one area of specialization.

However, in exceptional cases, where the list of seminars offered by the French section does not provide the opportunity for a student to pursue studies in a particular area or to complete the requirements of the M.A. program, a student may propose a reading course arranged between the student and a faculty member. Reading courses will be recommended for approval only under exceptional circumstances, and then only if the list of seminars offered cannot possibly satisfy the needs of the student.

Students may take a maximum of six credit units of reading courses. Students wishing to request a reading course should consult the French Graduate Chair and identify a member of the French faculty who is willing to serve as the instructor of the reading course.

Graduate Courses

FREN 811.3 — (3S)
Advanced Topics in Translation Theory

Translation Studies has emerged as a vital branch of Literary Criticism situated as it is at the intersection of Deconstruction, Post-Colonial and Feminist Theories, among others. Its importance is only gaining momentum with the speed of modern communication and the worldwide translation economy. This class provides the tools for understanding texts on and in translation.

Prerequisite(s): Admission to Graduate Studies in French.


FREN 812.3 — (3S)
Advanced Topics in Applied Translation Theory

Translation Theory is given a practical application as students select and translate works which notoriously resist translation: theatre, song, poetry, and political texts. Each work will be accompanied by a preface detailing the theoretical implications behind the choices made in translation, with the aim being for students to build their own creative translation portfolio.

Prerequisite(s): Admission to Graduate Studies in French.


FREN 819.3 — 1/2(3L)
Advanced Studies in 19th Century French Literature

This course will focus on a special topic in French literature of the 19th century, for example, the second disillusioned romantic generation (Flaubert, Baudelaire, Rimbaud and Mallarme), which idolizes art as the antithesis of money.

Prerequisite(s): Admission to graduate studies in French.


FREN 820.3 — 1/2(3L)
Advanced Studies in French Literature of 20th Century

In this course, a particular aspect of 20th-century literature will be studied in depth, for example, the absurd and engagement, 20th-century attempts at tragedy, Dada and Surrealism, and the Nouveau-roman.

Prerequisite(s): Admission to graduate studies in French.


FREN 843.3 — 1/2(3L)
Advanced Studies in Quebec Novel

This course will focus on a special topic in the Quebec novel, for example, women writers, the social novel, the nouveau-roman, etc.

Prerequisite(s): FREN 343 and admission to graduate studies in French.
NOTE: Students may take this course more than once for credit, provided the topic covered in each offering differs substantially. Students must consult the department to ensure that the topics covered are different.


FREN 846.3 – (3S)
Advanced Topics in Québécois Theatre

This course will present a survey of historical, political and cultural events leading to the creation and development of anti-establishment Québécois theatre in the period from the late 1940s to the late 1970s. A study of the works of renowned Quebec playwrights, based on an analytical approach, will illustrate that period.

Prerequisite(s): Admission to Graduate Studies in French.


FREN 850.3 – (3L)
Advanced Studies in French Works of the Canadian Prairies

This course will examine the representative 20th century French writers of Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. The objectives are to examine the cultural and historical background behind the different genres, demonstrate a critical understanding of and appreciation for these works and identify similarities and common culturally specific themes between works.

Prerequisite(s): Admission to French graduate studies within the College of Graduate Studies and Research. Students must have a Four-year or Honours degree in French or equivalent.


FREN 898.3 — 1/2(3R)
Special Topics

Offered occasionally in special situations. Students interested in these courses should contact the department for more information.

Prerequisite(s): Admission to graduate studies in French.


FREN 899.6 — 1&2(3R)
Special Topics

Offered occasionally in special situations. Students interested in these courses should contact the department for more information.

Prerequisite(s): Admission to graduate studies in French.


FREN 994
Research

Students writing a Master's thesis must register for this course.

Prerequisite(s): Admission to graduate studies in French.