Francophone Uses of America in Literature and Film|
Spring 2009 not offered
FIST 286, FRST 226|
Whether conspicuous or faint, references to America are often present in francophone films and literatures. This course will explore and analyze some of the many references to America in francophone arts (literature and film) to try to understand the complex relationship that many Francophone regions have with American culture. How does Francophone art represent America? What is represented, and to what end? What do these representations say about how different Francophone regions (France, Belgium, the Caribbean) view the United States? Are references to America a by-product of the Americanization of Francophone cultures or an innocent cultural reference?
Intercultural Literacy, Interpretation
interpretation to the acquisition of knowledge and understanding. Students are
encouraged to develop their own interpretive skills as well as to analyze and evaluate
approaches to interpretation employed by texts and other materials used in the class.
Interpretation courses will emphasize one or more of the following features:
¿ A critical and practical engagement with analytical tools that enable interpretation
¿ An exploration of competing or complementary interpretations, and criteria for
¿ Training in the effective presentation of interpretations in a variety of formats,
including writing, speech, images, and analyses
¿ The study of formal and informal modes or traditions of interpretation.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Texts by Chateaubriand (France), Edouard Glissant (Martinique), Dany Laferriere (Haiti/Quebec), Maryse Conde (Guadeloupe), Marie Redonnet (France), Monique Larue (Quebec), and films from Belgium, France, Haiti/Quebec, Senegal, as well as articles from Baudrillard, Mathy etc.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Two small papers (4-5 pages), one essay (7 pages), two to three in-class group presentations, reading preparation for each class.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Class discussions and papers in English.
Only COL majors can take this course as non-graded.
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