Spring 2009 not offered
With the largest minority in France being of Maghrebian origin, Islam has become the second largest religion in France today. What are the repercussions of this phenomenon for French identity? What have French writers had to say about foreigners in the past, and how do writers born out of the second generation of immigrants take part in the ongoing dialogue surrounding French identity? This course will analyze the recent attempts at redefining French identity through a study of literary texts and films. (Readings, discussions, and papers in English.)
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
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Authors to be read may include (but will not be limited to): Tzevetan Todorov (ON HUMAN DIVERSITY: NATIONALISM, RACISM, AND EXOTICISM IN FRENCH THOUGHT); Gerard Noiriel (THE FRENCH MELTING-POT: IMMIGRATION, CITIZENSHIP, AND NATIONAL IDENTITY); Edward Said (ORIENTALISM); Albert Memmi (PORTRAIT OF THE COLONIZER; STRANGERS); Michel Tournier (THE GOLDEN DROPLET); Assia Djebar (STRASBURG NIGHTS); Le Clezio (GOLDEN FISH); two films: THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS, HATE.
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At least one in class presentation. Two short papers and one research paper.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Only COL majors will be allowed to take this course on a credit/unsatisfactory basis. All others must take this course for a letter grade. Class attendance and active participation are essential to pass this course.
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