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FRENCH

FREN-433
French Topics (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Rotating topics taught in French including French politics; French society; French cinema; the Francophone novel; the short story in the Francophone world; Algerian colonization and decolonization; autobiography; cinema, literature, and society; humor and irony in French literatutre; French perception of America; etc. Usually offered every term. Meets with FREN-633. Prerequisite: FREN-323 or permission of instructor.

FREN-433
001
FRENCH
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

French Topics (3)

Cinema, Literature, Society

This course examines the cultural confrontations in two artistic forms: literature and cinema, as shaped by (and shaping) social, historical, and political factors. Through an exploration of cinematic techniques of motion picture masterpieces from the 1930s to the present, in conjunction with the study of selected French novels and plays, students examine the social, political and cultural evolution of France. Both formal and social-contextual methods of reading is explored. Special attention is paid to the conflict between individual and social forces, the metamorphosis of form and content. Introductory and supplementary information is provided in the form of lectures so that students may gain a more complete perspective on the cultural trends of each period. Meets with FREN-633 001.

FREN-433
002
FRENCH
FALL 2015

Course Level: Undergraduate

French Topics (3)

Etude de Genre: Le Roman

This course studies the evolution of the novel from the 18th Century to the nouveau roman. Significant novels are analyzed as samples of a genre developing techniques and as a reflection of certain aspects of social and intellectual life. Students examine the metamorphosis of the novel in relation to the evolution of contemporary ideas on language, psychology and the aesthetic of mimesis. Meets with FREN-633 002.

FREN-433
001
FRENCH
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Undergraduate

French Topics (3)

Gender and Identity in Maghreb

This course explores the poetics and politics of gender and identity in contemporary Maghrebi cultural productions. It addresses issues of gender relations, sexuality, family, education, religion, tradition, and "modernity" as represented in a variety of material including francophone fiction, film, and photography. Attempts to self-definition will be analyzed in relation to the transformation of Maghrebi societies in recent decades. Meets with FREN-633 001.

FREN-433
002
FRENCH
SPRING 2016

Course Level: Undergraduate

French Topics (3)

Otherness in French Film

This course explores specific examples of representation of identity and otherness in French cinema covering a period that ranges from the last decades of the 19th century to today's France. It particularly focuses on the rise of "le people" and social classes, populism and anti-Semitism from the Dreyfus affair to the polemic of the quenelle, imperialism and othering through the representation of the Algerian war and immigration, and the public discourse on la cit and Islam. In addition to films and documentaries, the course uses a variety of material including critical texts, media, and literary texts. Meets with FREN-633 002.