Explication de Texte


FRENCH LITERARY ANALYSIS @ GLOBE-GATE


What keeps us from anything but a secret appreciation of literary works, a feigned indifference, perhaps even a public disavowal of them? Are we uneasy about getting lost in the complexity of a masterpiece? Do we want to avoid sailing into uncharted waters? A fix for our anxieties may lie in the seemingly old fashion execution of a reasoned literary explication.

French "explication de texte" is an organized analytical description of a literary work as a text, that is a fixed document. It is generally composed of a series of related observations. These may concern the descriptive, narrational, episodic, contextual, prosodic, historical, lexical, semantic, phonetic, structural, stylistic, tonal, rhythmical, or other aspects of the text. They may focus on literary genre, kind of literary or rhetorical image, frequency of structure or word, the delineation between form and content, the identification of narrators, anticipated or embedded readers, what is implicit in an utterance. To a certain extent, by recording these observations, an explicator allows the work to speak for itself.

Assembling even some of the most obvious of these is an excellent start at having something to say about a literary text. It permits us a statement about what we do observe, and it reveals specific categories where we have not yet made observations. At this point "explication de texte" can take on the limited role of a reader's guide, prompting us to look for more of the mechanics and strategies which give the text its presence, and inform us of "how it means". The goal of a mature explication should then be a methodical reading of a literary work, allowing the the text to speak through its many aspects, revealing not just a seamless performed work, but working parts, which can in turn become tools for some hypotheses about the very act of its creation or a platform from which to investigate significant paratextual features.

At what point can we really benefit from such a method of literary analysis? Clearly a look at the reading guidelines of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages or the federal government's Interagency Language Roundtable scale reveals that the "Advanced" or "3" level is the best place developmentally to start a holistic approach, though some students may be ready at the upper end of "Intermediate High" or "2+" level. This being said, there are a number of points in the learning continuum where we are capable of observing single characteristics in a literary work. Making these observations, as the opportunity presents itself, should be a part of our reading agenda, both in prereading and post reading activities, from the point where we begin to address whole texts. In this way, explication de texte will seem more like a synthesis and less like a mystery to those who will try them out holistically in literature classes.

In this site I point learners and practitioners to a virtual library of over 100 resources which should considerably inform or enhance their efforts in textual analysis. I have included a limited number which are oriented towards English-language texts, because they contain valuable insights, a concise list of strategies, or practical style sheets. Included also are rhetorical figure vocabularies and resources for making sense of allusions to mythological figures or Biblical characters. There are also resources which inventory major theoretical approaches, one which brings to light the analytical and critical possibilities afforded by our information age. Finally, in order to make this the most complete resource of its kind anywhere, I have included a print bibliography.


FRENCH RESOURCES

A LA MUSIQUE, d'Arthur Rimbaud (explication littéraire)

ANALYSE

Analyse d'un passage de mémoires d'Hadrien de Marguerite Yourcenar

Analyse: Heureux qui... [Du Bellay]

L'analyse des textes littéraires (Lecture en cycle central)

Analyse du poème

Analyse informatique des textes

[Analyse d'un poème de Prévert]: "Discours sur la paix"

L'analyseur de Langues d'Emmanuel (French)

ARTFL Project: Morphological Analysis Using the INFL Analyzer

Comment faire une explication de texte (FREN 332)

Le commentaire composé d1un extrait d1oeuvre au programme

De Acmé à Zeugma ... [dictionnaire de la rhétorique]

Dictionnaire international de terminologie littéraire

DOC [mode d'emploi de l'analyse littéraire]

DONNER LE GOUT DE LIRE

ELEMENTS D'ANALYSE FILMOLOGIQUE

Eléments de Littérature (du BAC au DEUG)

Explication de Texte (Dr. Claire Carlin)

L'explication de texte (Prof. Seth Whidden)

Explication de texte. URGENT!!!!! (Cyberprofs)

FIGURES DE RHETORIQUE ET PROCEDES LITTERAIRES

Figures de Rhétorique - Petit guide de l'environnement sémantique

Fleurs de Rhétorique

French Grammar Topics Breakdown

Les Genres littéraires

GENRES LITTERAIRES ET EXTRAITS (+ ingrédients)

GUIDE DE PRESENTATION D'UN TRAVAIL DE RECHERCHE

Lecture en cycle central : l1analyse des textes littéraires

Lexique des termes littéraires (hypertextes, des centaines de définitions)

L'Oral d'explication de texte

Petit guide de l'environnement sémantique

READING IN FRENCH

"Rhétorique"

Rendre compte d'un texte poétique

SOMMAIRE DE VERSIFICATION CLASSIQUE FRANÇAISE

TABLEAU DES CIRCONSTANCES

TABLE DES EXERCICES DE LECTURE ET DES EXPLICATIONS DE TEXTES

Terminologie littéraire

Textes exposant textes

Writing in French



WHOLE APPROACHES & THEORY

L'analyse littéraire

L'Analyse socio-historique des films de fiction

Aristotle - Poetics

Index Of Aristotle's Poetics (search machine)

Aristotle's Rhetoric

LA CLE -Répertoire de procédés littéraires

ELEMENTS DE NARRATOLOGIE

Généalogie des genres littéraires

Glossary of Literary Theory - Index of Primary Entries

Introduction Modern Literary Theory

Introductory Guide to Critical Theory

ILa lexicométrie (littérature et informatique)

Literary Theory links - English @ ANU

The Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism

Some Dictionaries of Literary Theory and Related Areas

THEORIE DE LA LITTERATURE

Théories littéraires et pédagogiques

Voice of the Shuttle Literary Theory Page


BIBLE & MYTHOLOGY

The Bible Gateway Biblia Sacra Vulgata (word search or full text)

Bullfinch1s Mythology

Bible Louis Segond (word search or fulltext) - Bible Gateway

ARTFL Project Latin Vulgate Bible - search

The 1910 French translation of the Bible by Louis Segond (ARTFL) - search

La Bible de JÚrusalem - Index des livres - l'Ancien Testament

Exegesis Paper Instructions

A Guide to Biblical Exegesis

ST. THOMAS' METHOD OF BIBLICAL EXEGESIS

Encyclopedia Mythica

Smith's Bible Dictionary


ENGLISH/LATIN LANGUAGE RESOURCES

A Basic Guide to Textual Analysis

A Beginner's Guide to Textual Analysis (Enhance)

Conceptual Metaphor Home Page

Directory: Textual Analysis

Dutchess: Rubriek: 17.86 literary theory: literary genres, genre theory

EXPLICATION

Explication de texte: Patterns, polarities, problems, paradigm, perception

Glossary of Literary Theory - Index of Primary Entries

A Glossary of Rhetorical Terms with Examples

Introduction to Literery Analysis

Literature and Writing >Essay Resources -Analyzing a Passage

Literature: Genres

Literery Analysis

Literary Analysis: Poetry

Literature: Genres

MLA Styles Electronic Format

Popular Culture - Textual Analysis

Questions for Textual Analysis

SILVA RHETORICAE - The Forest of Rhetoric

Steps for Close Reading or Explication de texte

Textual Analysis: Thorpe, on Principles of Textual Bibliography (Manuscript Studies: Medieval and Early Modern)

The UVic Writer's Guide -The Complete Table of Contents

What do you want to know today (rhetorical & literary figures, etc.)

Steven M. Wight , "Medieval Diplomatic and the Ars Dictandi - Editions and Translations"

WILLIAM STRUNK, Jr. Elements of Style

Writer's Handbook (Univ. of Wisconsin Writing Center)

Writing a Literary Explication

Writing Papers of Literary Analysis

Writing Poetry Explications


Please consult our Arts poétiques page

bobp@utm.edu

Produced by The Globe-Gate Project
Made in Tennessee to bring you the world
TennesseeBob Peckham, Director
University of Tennessee-Martin

Return to TBob's Famous French Links

39174