The French Novel and Society

The French Novel and Society
Taught in English Fully Online D2L

(no presence on campus required ; students do not have to connect on D2L at specific times)
General Education: Tier 2 Humanities

French literature in translation. Does not count toward fulfillment of language requirement, or the major or minor in French. NO KNOWLEDGE OF FRENCH REQUIRED.

Counts for Major Emphasis 2, "French and Francophone Studies" for the French BA

Description and Objectives

This online course examines some of the most important French novels of the Twentieth Century.

The objectives of FREN 282 are to provide students with:
- the ability to think critically;
- an understanding and application of the interdisciplinary aspects attached to the study of literature;
- exposure to intellectual curiosity and lifelong learning;
- exposure to new ideas and cultures;
- the ability to think independently, to make informed analyses/choices and to take initiative.


Students in FREN 282 are guided in reading complex texts in translation. They are required to obtain information from written texts and to interpret that information to identify such things as the purpose of the novelists. Reading texts in translation challenge students to view and understand the world from others’ viewpoints and cultures.

The studying of literature requires students to deal with the human differences reflected in the body of work we examine in FREN 282. Literature study is one of the most basic ways in which human differences are formulated and perpetuated; learning a modern foreign literature in FREN 282 (French literature) is from the start an exercise in examining these differences.

Required Readings*
Jean-Paul Sartre, Nausea, 1938
Albert Camus, The Fall, 1956
Marguerite Duras, The Lover, 1984

*Any edition in English translation is acceptable.

Written Responses to Questions on D2L Forum: 30%
1 Short Paper: 20%
Take-Home Final Exam: 50%

Class Number: 

FREN 282


Regular grades are awarded for this course: A, B, C, D, E. Available to qualified students for pass/fail option.

Pre requisite(s): 


Usually Offered: 

Summer, Winter



Approved As: 

General Education Tier Two - Humanities