Marginality in Francophone Cinema|
Spring 2012 not offered
This course offers insights into the ways Francophone cinema from Europe, the Maghreb, and sub-Saharan Africa represents/constructs the racial, cultural, sexual, or social other in the postwar era of decolonization. We will study films formally and contextually to understand what Francophone representations of marginality add to the debates surrounding marginality, ethnicity, identity, and difference in contemporary Europe and postcolonial Africa. Theoretical and critical readings on both cinema and Francophone societies and cultures will help students analyze cinematic texts in depth, as well as compare cinematic aesthetics between Western cinema and so-called Third World cinema.
Intercultural Literacy, Interpretation
The course is offered in French therefore, the student needs to be able to understand the translated text.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(FRST-MN)(FRST)(RMST)
Readings will include but will not be limited to:
Brahimi, Denise. Cinémas d'Afrique francophone et du Maghreb (1997)
Spaas, Lieve. The Francophone Film: A Struggle for Identity (2000)
Films viewed may include, among others:
Ma vie en rose (Belgium), Rosetta (Belgium), La Promesse (Belgium/France/Luxembourg), Waalo Fendo: Where the Earth Freezes (Senegal/Italy), Clando/Clandestine (Cameroon), Caché (France/Austria/Italy/Germany), Viva laldjerie (Algeria), Bab el Oued City (Algeria/France), Salut Cousin! (Algeria/France), Sans toit ni loi (France), La Cérémonie (France), La Vie rêvée des anges (France), Sur mes lèvres (France), West Beyrut (France/Italy/Lebanon/Germany).
|Examination 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 introductory course intended for students who have just completed FREN 215 or not taken more than one course in French beyond 215 and not yet studied abroad in a French-speaking country. Readings, written assignments and class discussion will be in French. Only COL students may take this course for credit. All others must take it for a letter grade.
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