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French 378 A: The Making Of Contemporary France

Meeting Time: 
MW 1:30pm - 3:20pm
THO 334
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Maya Angela Eipe Smith

Syllabus Description:

Course description: This course probes the development of contemporary France by considering the moments and documents that complicate narratives of a unified cultural space. It does this by examining how the idea of France is problematized internally by a number of opposing tendencies: its equally important revolutionary and reactionary political traditions; its determined monolingualism and, in spite of it all, thriving minor languages; its credo of a singular culture (Republicanism) in the face of ascendant multiculturalism; its anti-immigrant reflexes and its global cultural and economic ambitions. We will do so by examining a variety of types of texts: historical, political, literary, cinematic, televisual, etc. TAUGHT IN ENGLISH.


Course objectives: To give students an overview of the major events and movements since the Revolution that shaped contemporary France; to develop skills in both broad cultural analysis and close reading; to develop tools to articulate in a variety of forms (essay, oral presentation, etc.) advanced cultural knowledge.

Catalog Description: 
Study of the historical origins and subsequent development of contemporary problems and characteristics of French government and politics, economy, and society. Taught in English.
GE Requirements: 
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Visual, Literary, and Performing Arts (VLPA)
Last updated: 
October 17, 2018 - 10:11pm