FRENCH 274 - French and Francophone Societies and Culture
Section: 201 Cultural Identity (ies) in Postwar France
Term: SU 2009
Subject: French (FRENCH)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of department.
Enforced Prerequisites:
FRENCH 235 with a grade of C- or higher.
May be elected twice for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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In this course we will explore the demographic, social, and political changes that led to a radical reconfiguration of what it means to be French in postwar France. In the process of decolonization a large number of immigrants from former French colonies, especially in North Africa, came to the metropole in search of work. Although French citizens, for the most part, they soon discovered that they did not benefit from the same treatment as the French born or European immigrants who settled in France before WWII. Second, and even third-generations, born in France of immigrant parents from former colonies, equal in theory to all other French, continue to be discriminated in practice.

In this course we will focus in particular on these newer generations, and their experiences in living and navigating the obstacles of their unacknowledged difference, while asserting their cultural identities in positive ways. Materials for study will include literary texts written by these new generations, sociological essays and reports published in journals and magazines, and film. Evaluation will be based on two short papers, one or two exposés, and a final research project on a subject related to the problematic of the course. This project can take the form of a written final essay, a power-point presentation or a combination of media.

FRENCH 274 - French and Francophone Societies and Culture
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201 (REC)
TuTh 9:00AM - 12:00PM
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