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Explication de textes : Louise Erdrich's The Round House

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

Responsable(s): Agnieszka Soltysik Monnet
Intervenant(s): -

Période de validité: 2018 -> 2018

Pas d'horaire défini.


Semestre de printemps
2 heures par semaine
28 heures par semestre

Langue(s) d'enseignement: anglais
Public: Oui
Crédits: 0
Polycopiés: Oui


This class is a continuation of the literary analysis skills training of your first-year seminar, Introduction to Literary Analysis. Consequently, the main goal is to further develop your close-reading skills in prose, mastering the analysis of literary devices, such as narrator, perspective, plot, narrative, character analysis, figurative language, foreshadowing, allusions, cliff-hangers, irony, use of landscape, as well as genre. In addition, you will continue your training in engaging with secondary sources.


The Round House is written by Anishinaabe / Ojibwe writer Louise Erdrich and was first published in the United States in 2012. This novel is narrated by Joe Coutts where he tells his story as an Ojibwe teenager living on a fictional Indian reservation in North Dakota whose existence is traumatized by his mother's rape. Through meticulous analysis of this novel, we touch upon such topics as literary genres, storytelling, and Indigenous feminism. As political as the lens may be with which we approach these sources, the major focus - if not all the focus - of this class is and remains your training in literary analysis and engagement with secondary sources.


1) Portfolio including a. a close-reading, b. discussion questions, and c. a bibliography.
2) Final essay on the novel, 1500-2000 words (6-7 pages); students with "Enseignement complémentaire" with 4 ECTS write a final essay of 3000-3500 words (8-10 pages). Possibility to rewrite.

Exigences du cursus d'études

Niveau B2 (cadre européen commun de référence)

Informations supplémentaires


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