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French Studies

This Guide provides a starting point for materials on French Studies.


FREN-2385 (3) 20th Century French Writers and Thinkers (3 hrs Lecture) French works from the '50s to the present day are studied in this course. Major literary trends and movements - existentialism, le nouveau roman and postmodernism - are analysed in fiction, poetry and essay by writers such as Sartre, Camus, Ponge and Yourcenar.

Browsing the Shelves for Works of Key Authors

Proust, MarcelPQ 2631 R63*

Breton, André - PQ 2603 R35*

​Laferrière, DanyPQ 3919.2 L235*

Key Subject Headings


The above links provide default subject heading searches in WorldCat Discovery relevant to several topics in your course. Apply facets (left hand side of page) for location (e.g. University of Winnipeg Library), for format (e.g. Book or Print Book), and/or for Language (e.g. French) to refocus your search results.


Some subjects have limited results, so click on the description to explore other related subjects of interest. Material not held at the University of WInnipeg can be requested by following the "Request Item Through InterLibrary Loan" button/link. Keep in mind that it may take a few days to fulfill ILL requests, especially for book items.


Sources de référence générales

dictionnaires d'auteurs et d'œuvres françaises

Using literary databases and special features for finding additional criticism

Use MLA International Bibliography (ProQuest) to look up literary criticisms about an author. For example, enter "Le Clézio" in the search field and select "Author as subject - SAU" in the adjacent drop down. You can also repeat the search, and add "French" under Language of publication, if you want to see only articles written in French.

You may want to look at Erudit and other French-oriented resource databases to find additional scholarly and peer-reviewed scholarly criticisms and supporting resources, and use similar, specialized features when available.


Databases Terms of Use