Methodology Applied to Literature: Around Travel Writing

This course will help students to master analytical and textual methodologies. These methodologies will allow students to read and comprehend texts in depth while developing their written analytical skills by performing methodological exercises such as summaries, technical explanations, close readings, argumentative dialectical essay, reading analyses or oral thematic presentations.
In these exercises, we will study tropes on the Other in literature, anthropology, sociology, and politics. What representation and images of travel, the foreign and the Other, stem from the French reader’s perspective? And who is this Other? Etymologically “the one who is not here”, the Other can be the neighbour, the opposite sex, the foreigner -- whoever is different. And what usage is made of such fluctuating representations? In a quest for travel and alterity through different texts spanning the 16th to the 21st centuries, we will explore the anthropological, sociological, political, stylistic, poetical, critical and ideological renewal of transcribed viewpoints of human identity and French clichés. To this end, we will study textual excerpts from different horizons might they be geographical, political, sociological, anthropological or historical.

Required texts:
Denis DIDEROT, Le Supplément au Voyage de Bougainville, ISBN 2253138096
Michel ONFRAY, La Théorie du Voyage, ISBN 2253084417
Tierno MONÉNEMBO, Le Roi de Kahel , ISBN 2020851679

There will also be a course pack comprised of diverse argumentative texts (including Le Passeur, short story by Le Clézio)
Language School
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Summer 2015 Language Schools

FREN6525A-L15 Lecture (Requemora-Gros)

Summer 2014 Language Schools

FREN6525A-L14 Lecture (Requemora-Gros)

Summer 2013

FREN6525A-L13 Lecture (Requemora-Gros)

Summer 2012

FREN6525A-L12 Lecture (Requemora-Gros, Victor)

Summer 2011

FREN6525A-L11 Lecture (Requemora-Gros)

Summer 2010

FREN6525A-L10 Lecture (Requemora-Gros)

Summer 2009

FREN6525A-L09 Lecture (Requemora-Gros)

Summer 2008

FREN6525A-L08 Lecture (Lauverjat)
FREN6525B-L08 Lecture (Requemora-Gros)
FREN6525C-L08 Lecture (Requemora-Gros)

Summer 2007

FREN6525A-L07 Lecture (Lagier)
FREN6525B-L07 Lecture (Ladimer)
FREN6525C-L07 Lecture (Germoni)

Summer 2006

FREN6525A-L06 Lecture (Crouzieres-Ingenthron)
FREN6525B-L06 Lecture (Lauthelier-Mourier)
FREN6525C-L06 Lecture (Requemora-Gros)

Summer 2005

FREN6525A-L05 Lecture (Requemora-Gros)