Paris to Saigon: French Representations of Asia|
Spring 2016 not offered
The course explores the ways in which French explorers, writers, and artists traveled to Asian countries, such as Japan, China, and Vietnam, in the 19th and 20th centuries and represented "Extrême-Orient," a Eurocentric designation. Attentive analysis of their works will allow us to question the colonial construction of the Far East as "other"; examine Asian influences on cultural, aesthetic, and literary expressions; and discuss Asian presence in postcolonial France. Issues such as orientalization, eroticization, and hybridization of genres and identities will be the subjects of our study.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ARHA)(CGST-MN)(COL)(FRST-MN)(FRST)(RMST)
Duras, Marguerite, L'AMANT.
Malraux, André, LA TENTATION DE L'OCCIDENT.
Malraux, André, LA VOIE ROYALE.
COURSE READER including additional texts by Roland Barthes, Jean Boissière, Paul Claudel, Roland Dorgelès, George Groslier, Claude Farrère, Linda Lê, Kim Lefèvre, Pierre Loti, Panivong Norindr, etc. (available to students on the Moodle)
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Students will participate actively in class discussions and maintain a critical journal (20%). There will be an in-class presentation on a specific cultural production (20%) and three 6-page critical essays (3x20%) at times to be determined at the beginning of the semester.
|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 discussions will be in French. Only COL students may 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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