French - Theses, Dissertations, and other Required Graduate Degree Essays

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La figure du Metis dans La bourrasque de Maurice Constantin-Weyer

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Date created: 
2006
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This thesis examines the representation of Louis Riel and the Metis people in the novel La bourrasque (1925) by Maurice Constantin-Weyer. It is argued that by using vulgarity, irony and historical manipulation, the novel stresses the racial inferiority of the Metis and the racial superiority of the English in order to illustrate the Darwinian principle of natural selection. The representation of the Metis is slightly ambiguous in that the novel conveys sympathy towards their plight, but suggests that their defeat was inevitable. By applying the metaphor "Survival of the Fittest" to the story of the Red River Rebellion, La bourrasque professes Social Darwinism. The thesis discusses the popularity of Social Darwinism in France at the turn of the twentieth century, and traces a social trajectory of Constantin-Weyer to suggest that the Social Darwinist themes of La bourrasque stem from the social context in which the novel was conceived and produced.

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Thesis
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Department: 
Department of French - Simon Fraser University
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Thesis (M.A.)

The evolution of French R : a phonological perspective

Date created: 
1996
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Thesis
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Department: 
Theses (Dept. of French) / Simon Fraser University
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Thesis (M.A.)

Acoustic measurement of Canadian English-Accented French

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Date created: 
2006
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This study examined the speech of female Canadian English learners of French at three proficiency levels in an effort to quantify Canadian English-accented French. Five segmental and two suprasegmental cues were measured on a corpus of delayed-repetition and spontaneous speech: voiceless stop VOT; F2 – F1 acoustic space for / u/ and /y/; F2-shifting for /u/, /o/, and /i/; F2 – F1 acoustic space for /o/ and / /; F1 of unstressed /a/; temporal reduction of /u/, /y/, and /a/; and a rhythmic Variability Index. Hypotheses predicted more experienced learners would perform more comparably with native speakers, and display less variation, than less-experienced learners. F2 – F1 acoustic space of /u/ – /y/ and /o/ – / /, and rhythmic variability index values patterned most closely with hypotheses. Results were discussed in terms of acoustic measurement, cue variability, and speaker task performance. Findings provide preliminary data on Canadian English-accented French linking spontaneous and elicited speech.

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Thesis
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Department: 
Department of French - Simon Fraser University
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Thesis (M.A.)

Eugèn̈e Ionesco: De l'exploration du grotesque a ̉la quêt̊e de l'Absolu

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No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2006
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Eugene lonesco's plays, have stirred controversy among his critics. Amidst this controversy, the playwright's own views on art stand out as an important critical reference. Inspired by lonesco's writings, this study attempts to shed a new light on his work by exploring the concepts of grotesque, term that captures the paradoxical nature of his plays. This study then continues by analyzing the stage representation of grotesque, along with the philosoptiical postulates that derive from the author's ongoing quest for the absolute. This quest is revealed not only in his plays, but, towards the end of his life, in his nonfigurative painting and drawing.

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Thesis
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Department: 
Department of French - Simon Fraser University
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Thesis (M.A.)

Au-delà du parricide : la (re) construction de la masculinité en fonction de la filiation paternelle dans le théâtre contemporain au Québec

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2012-08-03
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The exploration of the construction of the masculine identity in Québécois literature has gained popularity over the last few years; however, the current research on this topic highlights an urgent need to redefine this concept. The aim of this project is to examine the relevance of the murder of the father as a signifier in the development of the construction of the identity of the son in the following contemporary Québécois plays: Le Faucon by Marie Laberge, L’Impératif présent by Michel Tremblay, and Littoral by Wajdi Mouawad. The current analysis suggests that the father figure should be seen as an influential factor in the construction of the masculine identity and that masculine identity in Quebec has for a long time been considered in a derogatory way.

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Thesis
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Senior supervisor: 
Jorge Calderon
Department: 
Arts & Social Sciences: Department of French
Thesis type: 
(Thesis) M.A.

A linguistic approach to identifying stylistic facts in Marguerite Duras' "L'apráes-midi de Monsieur Andesmas"

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No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
1978
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Thesis
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Senior supervisor: 
Ch. P. Bouton
Department: 
Arts and Social Sciences: Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
Thesis type: 
Thesis (M.A.)