Literature and Crisis|
Fall 2009 not offered
This seminar focuses on the following question: How do writers in 20th-century France address historical crisis in their works? We investigate the various ways in which writing deals with war and its aftermath, with immigration and women's issues, and, more recently, with the AIDS crisis. Denial, indifference, violence, and political commitment are among the possible responses.
Intercultural Literacy, Interpretation
Students will analyze, speak, and write about literary texts in French dealing with historical crises.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (COL)(FRST-MN)(FRST)(RMST)
(Tentative list) Jean-Paul Sartre, LES MAINS SALES; Georges Perec, W OU LE SOUVENIR D'ENFANCE; Jean Cocteau, THOMAS L'IMPOSTEUR; Marguerite Duras, LA DOULEUR; Rene Ceccaty, L'ACCOMPAGNEMENT; Maren Sell, LA FEMME SANS TETE. A list of secondary texts will be available at the beginning of the semester.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Several short papers. Final take-home examination. Students will be expected to participate actively and give a short oral presentation.
|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 may take this course CR/U. All others must take it for a letter grade.
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