Negotiating French Identity: Migration and Identity in Contemporary France|
Spring 2016 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 ongoing 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.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(FRST-MN)(FRST)(MUST-MN)(RMST)
Begag, Azouz. Le Gone du Chaâba.
Memmi, Albert. Portrait du colonisé précédé de Portrait du colonisateur
Sebbar, Leila. Shérazade: 17 ans, brune, frisée, les yeux verts.
Other authors to be read / works to be discussed will be provided and may include excerpts from: Gerard Noiriel (THE FRENCH MELTING-POT: IMMIGRATION, CITIZENSHIP, AND NATIONAL IDENTITY); Edward Said (ORIENTALISM); two films: THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS, HATE. This list is non-exhaustive.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
At least one in class presentation. Two short papers and one research paper.
|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 FREN 215 or already studied abroad in a French-speaking country. Readings, written assignments and class discussions will be in French. Only COL students my take this course CR/U. All others must take it for a letter grade. Students who are not admitted to the course through pre-registration are strongly encouraged to submit an enrollment request and attend the first class.
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