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Makeup and Mirrors: Facing the Face
FREN 250
Spring 2009 not offered

When French surgeons succeeded, in 2005, in transplanting a woman's face, ethical debate flared.The human face is considered not just the representation but the very incarnation of individual identity, and yet we know that "appearances should not be trusted," or that "beauty is only skin deep." In this course, we will read literary and theoretical works that ponder (among other things) the meaning of the face, its truth, and its disguises. We will also study an example from the world of cinema, the classic French horror film LES YEUX SANS VISAGE (Franju, 1959). Topics include narcissism, the portrait and self-portrait, physiognomy, beauty, aging, makeup, and mirror-scenes. Emphasis will be placed on questions of gender identity and the masquerade, as well as race and stereotyping.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA RLAN
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None

Last Updated on MAY-24-2024
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