Intro to Literary Analysis

Lire, comprendre, écrire le voyage: méthodes d'analyses textuelles / Reading, understanding, and writing about travel: methods of textual analysis

This course will help social science and literary students 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 neighbor, 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, stylistical, 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 :
1) A coursepack comprised of diverse argumentative texts (including Le Passeur, short story by Le Clézio)
2) Le Supplément au Voyage de Bougainville, Denis Diderot, LGF Libretti 13809 ISBN 2253138099
3) La Théorie du Voyage, Michel Onfray, LGF LDP Biblio essai 4417 ISBN 2253084419
4) Le Roi de Kahel (Tierno Monénembo), Seuil Cadre Rouge, ISBN 2020851671 5) La Ronde, JMG Le Clézio, éd. Folio/ Gallimard, ISBN 978 207038237 8

Final grade: Will be determined by five written exercises (60%) and two oral presentations (40%) "
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FREN 6525

All Sections in Summer 2012, LS 6 Week Session

Summer 2012, LS 6 Week Session

FREN6525A-L12 Lecture (Victor, Requemora)