RCLANG 320 - Seminaire en francais
Section: 002 French Songs as a Reflection of French Society
Term: WN 2009
Subject: RC Languages (RCLANG)
Department: LSA Residential College
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Proficiency test and permission of instructor.
May be repeated for credit.
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This course will examine French songs of the last few decades to see —and hear — how they reflect a changing French society. The themes we will study include racism, war and protest, narratives and, of course, des chansons d’amour. Although lyrics will be our primary reading material, additional texts on each theme will come from a variety of sources. We will address the following questions: what defines these songs as specifically or inherently French? How is French music influenced by American music and vice versa? How do French and English love songs differ? We will look at cross-cultural fertilization and compare versions of a few American classics that were translations of hit songs from France and conversely, French songs that were translated from English. How are social issues like immigration and cultural and racial tensions reflected in popular French music? By comparing different versions of a song we will also consider the contribution of the performer.
Students will write a number of short papers, give a presentation and prepare a final project.

RCLANG 320 - Seminaire en francais
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
002 (SEM)
MTuTh 11:00AM - 12:00PM
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