Representing the Self, Representing Yourself|
Spring 2019 not offered
In our digital age, with the pervasiveness of Facebook, Instagram, and other forms of social media, what can testimony do? What stories are told? How are they told? What do they mean? How do writers, artists, musicians, intellectuals, and politicians represent themselves? As students, how can you give your memories material substance? How do others' narratives influence the way you interpret your own being? In this course, we will begin to answer these questions by reading, watching, and examining a vast selection of French and Francophone texts, films, and images that recount the self from the Middle Ages to today. There will be a particular focus on queer people, women, and people of color, and how they negotiate difference and alterity in their work. Throughout the course, you will also journal your own experiences and imitate other writers' modes of expression (e.g., memoires, autobiographies, autofiction, the graphic novel, film, documentary, theater, poetry, music, photography). The course will culminate in the creation of your own story, which will in turn prepare you to think critically about the world around you and how to tell your story in interesting, creative, and provocative ways. We will also place emphasis on improving French pronunciation and on developing oral presentation and written skills. Readings, papers, and discussions will be in French.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ARHA)(CGST-MN)(COL)(CWRC)(FRST-MN)(FRST)(RMST)
Authors will include (sample, available in a course pack): Colette, Roland Barthes, Hervé Guibert, Edouard Louis, Paul B. Preciado, Guillaume Dustan, Charles Dassoucy, Christine de Pizan, Marjane Satrapi, Michel de Montaigne, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Jean-Jacques Bouchard, L'abbé de Choisy, Mademoiselle de Montpensier, Charles Baudelaire, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Annie Ernaux, Chateaubriand, Guillaume Gallienne, Rayanna, Abd al Malik.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Students will create one large project with assignments along the way to hone their "story." Weekly assignments, workshops, group work, and individual tutoring will be required to complete successfully these projects. Students will incorporate video, image, text, voice over, and a soundtrack into their digital story. Students will work together in groups to edit one another. There will also be an online blog for the weekly journals.
|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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