Courses of Study 2023-2024 
    Jul 21, 2024  
Courses of Study 2023-2024 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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FREN 3400 - [French Identities: 21st Century Culture and Society in France]

(GLC-AS, LA-AS, SCD-AS) Satisfies Option 1.      
Spring. Not offered: 2023-2024. Next offered: 2024-2025. 3 credits. Student option grading.

Prerequisite: FREN 2310  or CASE Q++ or permission of instructor required.

M. Molinié.

This course is conceived as a critical introduction to a cultural and political debate that appeared in the years of Mitterrand’s France and reached its climax in the last decade.  It will focus on a French society deeply shaped by immigration and globalization.  In which way do the youth of the “banlieue” - mostly formed by postcolonial Blacks and Muslims - create their own culture with the French culture?  How have literature, essays, movies, documentary films, “national identity” carried on by governments reacted to these transformations?  Selecting literary texts (by Maryse Condé, Zahia Rahmani, Adb El Malik) and other cultural productions, the course will explore the new expressions of France as an “imagined community”.

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