HISTORY 196 - First-Year Seminar
Section: 001 Debating the French Colonial Past in Film
Term: FA 2009
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
Course Note:
A basic introduction to historical thinking and method through small-course seminar experience. Topics vary from term to term; however, no matter what the topic, students can expect to spend a great deal of time learning to think critically about historical questions and to write well. As such, the First-Year seminar should serve as an introduction to upper-level course work in history and related fields of study.
Requirements & Distribution:
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Recent debates in France about citizenship, racism, the integration of religious minorities, and the legacy of the colonial past are often presented as a relatively new phenomenon, as if globalization's impact has only recently been felt in France. In fact, such debates have been a part of French culture since the beginning of the modern period, and the traces of these discussions are easily found in all aspects of French culture.

This course explores the way in which twentieth-century cinema treated the question of the French empire, both as a contemporary phenomenon, in the case of films made during the colonial period, and as a historical legacy, in the case of films made after most French colonies gained their independence. We will view a selection of films made by French filmmakers as well as several films made by directors from former French colonies. Selected films will include works of fiction as well as documentaries, and will be supplemented with readings about the history of French colonialism, colonial cinema, and 20th-century French popular culture.

HISTORY 196 - First-Year Seminar
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001 (SEM)
M 4:00PM - 7:00PM
Note: ALL SECTIONS OF HISTORY 196 ARE RESTRICTED TO FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS. Section 001: "Debating the French Colonial Past in Film."
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