Negotiating French Identity II: Migration and Identity in Contemporary France|
Fall 2008 not offered
|Course Cluster: African Studies|
With the largest minority in France being of Maghrebi origin, Islam has become the second largest religion in France today. What are the repercussions of this phenomenon for French identity? How did French society understand its identity and regard foreigners in the past? What do members of the growing Franco-Maghrebi community add to the on-going dialogue surrounding France's Republican and secular identity? This course will analyze the recent attempts at redefining French identity through a study of literary texts, films, and media coverage of important societal debates (the Scarf Affair, French immigration laws, the Algerian war). Readings, discussions, and papers in French.
Intercultural Literacy, Interpretation
Students will interpret, speak and write about texts in French written by and about the French community of North African (mostly Arabo-Islamic) origins. Students will reflect upon the concept of multiculturalism and the place of Islam in France.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(FRST-MN)(FRST)(MUST-MN)(RMST)
Authors to be read may include (but will not be limited to):
Tzevetan Todorov, NOUS ET LES AUTRES
Gerard Noiriel, LE MELTING-POT FRANCAIS
Edward Said, ORIENTALISM
Albert Memmi, LA STATUE DE SEL
Michel Tournier, LA GOUTTE D'OR
Assia Djebar, LES NUITS DE STRASBOURG
Yasmina Benguigui, FEMMES D'ISLAM
Films: The Battle of Algiers, Hate
A course pack with critical articles will complement the reading list.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
At least one in class presentation. Two short papers, one research paper, and one exam.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
While any student who has completed FREN 215 (with a minimum grade of B) or has placed out of FREN 215 through the placement test may sign up for this course, it is an advanced course intended for students who have already taken two courses in French beyond 215 or already studied abroad in a French-speaking country. Readings, written assignments and class discussions will be in French. Only COL students may take this course for pass/fail.
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