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FRENCH 228: The Water Crisis In Literature And Film

Meeting Time: 
MW 9:30am - 11:20am
LOW 101
Richard Watts

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We will interpret a variety of documents and objects—literature (e.g., Masters of the Dew), cinema (e.g., Even the Rain), landscape architecture (from the fountains of Versailles to the Brightwater sewage treatment plant)—that address the cultural significance of water with the aim of understanding how water’s meaning is changing as we become more conscious of risks in supply posed by pollution and natural/man-made scarcity and as access to it is increasingly mediated as a result of its privatization, commodification, etc. While no ten-week course could pretend to give a comprehensive and global view of a problem as complex as our relation to water, we will study novels, essays, films and other cultural documents from Western Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, the Maghreb, Asia, the Caribbean, and North America with a view to understanding the differential distribution of the water crisis and the variety of aesthetic responses to it.    

Catalog Description: 
Interprets a variety of texts (literary, cinematic, etc.) that address the water crisis to understand how water's meaning has changed as people become more conscious of risks in supply (pollution and natural/man-made scarcity) and as access to it is increasingly mediated in light of things like privatization and commodification. Offered: jointly with LIT 228.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
January 26, 2015 - 11:17am