Elise Salaun




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FREN 6644 - The History of Québec      

Quebec is a unique society which was born and has evolved at the crossroads of two western empires, France and Great-Britain. This course will cover the major periods in Quebec’s history from its origins as New France (1680-1760), to British North America (1763-1867), the Dominion of Canada (1867-1959), and modern Québec (1960-present).

Since the French settlements along the banks of the Saint Lawrence River, Canadians of French origin had to defend their heritage in skirmishes and wars against various First Nation Peoples, British and English-Canadians. Because of this situation, they developed a unique culture, historically founded on the Catholic religion, the French language, and family values.

It is interesting to note that Québec presently has health and educational systems unlike any other in North America as well as an unparalleled legal system for the protection of the French language.

This course will also cover the critical moments in Québec’s quest for political independence, which occurred during the past few decades (in the form of referendums). After nearly 400 years of existence in North America, Québec has become a modern society facing contemporary issues such as the environment, globalization, and the transformation of social identity.
toire socio-économique du Québec (4e édition) ISBN : 978-2-89448-602-3; Septentrion Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2018 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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FREN 6648 - French Quebecois      

French of Quebec

The goal of this course is to demonstrate how the French of Quebec constitutes not only the language of art and literature but an integral part of Quebecers’ identity. By reading and discussing critical essays and diverse forms of literature such as folktales and legends, songs and novels, students will be exposed to the linguistic particularities of Quebec French, known as québécismes. They will also understand how the language evolved throughout its history in a North American environment. In the 1960’s, literature proved to be the perfect setting for this creative and original form of French language in both the cultural and political arenas of Quebec. Since this decade, several of these significant Quebecois texts, which will be discussed in this course, have transcended the borders of Quebec where they have enriched francophone literature globally. Civ Cul & Soc Linguistics

Summer 2015 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session, Summer 2018 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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FREN 6726 - Quebec Identities      

Québec Identities

Although deeply rooted into French heritage from the 17th century colonization, Québec has since developed its own identity influenced by cohabitation with First Nations People followed by many decades under the English crown. After a period of strong cultural affirmation, globalization has begun to add to and impact the multiple identities of Québécois society. Within this new era, Québec has succeeded in maintaining its social structure and a set of values unique to this northeast American francophone society. Through classroom lectures, various reading assignments, and research projects, students will discover the many facets of Québec social life and culture, including the French language, the educational and judicial systems, the economy, politics, as well as the arts.

Required texts:
Jean-Marc LÉGER, Jacques NANTEL et Pierre DUHAMEL, Code Québec, ISBN : 978-2-7619-4641-4
? Jean-Martin AUSSSANT, Claire BOLDUC, Véronique CÔTÉ, Maïtée LABBRECQUE-SAGANASH, Aurélie LANCTOT, Karel MAYRAND, Gabriel NADEAU-DUBOIS, Will PROSPER et Alain VADEBONCAEUR, Ne renonçons à rien. ISBN : 9782895962366 Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2017 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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FREN 6727 - Contemporary Quebec Literature      

Contemporary Québec Literature

After many decades of subjection to a conservative ideology and to a powerful Catholic mindset, Québec’s literature began to define itself in the 1950’s with a shy and symbolic voice, before affirming its autonomy worldwide in the 1960’s. Since then, Québec literature has been thriving, driven by a surprisingly creative force.
This course proposes to study the writings of four prominent authors from the contemporary period (of the five suggested below) in order to understand in what way they have contributed to the knowledge and the consciousness of our modern times. Much of the class time will be devoted to discussion and intellectual exchange based on a clear set of guidelines provided by the professor. Students will draw from these guidelines to read and question the texts from within a variety of literary genres (poetry, drama, essays, novels) and to present their analysis of a specific and pertinent aspect to the class.
Required texts:
Anne HÉBERT, Oeuvre poétique (1950-1990), ISBN-13: 9782890525207
Michel TREMBLAY, Les belles-soeurs ISBN: 9782742770991 (2742770992)
COLLECTIF, La nef des sorcières, ISBN: 978-2-89295-386-2
Nelly ARCAN, Putain, ISBN: 2020557177 Marc SÉGUIN, Nord Alice, ISBN: 9782760947177 Literature

Summer 2017 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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The Betty Ashbury Jones MA ’86 School of French

Sunderland Language Center
Middlebury College
P: 802.443.5526
F: 802.443.2075

Mailing address
Betty Ashbury Jones MA ’86 School of French
14 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT  05753

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