FRENCH 270 - French and Francophone Literature and Culture
Section: 005 French and Francophone Women Writers
Term: WN 2018
Subject: French (FRENCH)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of department.
Enforced Prerequisites:
FRENCH 235 (completed with a minimum grade of C- or better).
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:

What preconceptions about women’s writing do we hold? Where do these preconceptions come from? What does feminism sound like in the French language? How does the history of colonialism shape and transform feminist ideologies? What is écriture feminine? Students will consider these and other questions as we work to develop a more complex and inclusive conversation about gender and writing. Working with and against notions of Anglo-American feminisms we will think critically about how nationalist politics relate to feminism. We will analyze the concept of écriture feminine and think about how sexual identity and practice intersect with discussions of gender.

We will read selections from works such as Mariama Bâ’s Une si longue lettre (1979), Simone de Beauvoir’s Le deuxième sexe (1949), Marie-Claire Blais’s Une saison dans la vie d'Emmanuel (1965), Colette’s Le pur et l’impur (1932) Maryse Condé’s Le cœur à rire et à pleurer (1999), Assia Djebar’s Ombre sultane (1987), and Virginie Despentes’s Les jolies choses (1998). These readings will be supplemented with non-fiction texts as we consider these narratives in relation to our own discourses about feminism, gender, and sexuality. We will also think about the significance of identity and identitarian politics as they relate to writing and authorship. Students will develop these ideas in in-class discussions, short weekly papers and 3-4 longer essays.

FRENCH 270 - French and Francophone Literature and Culture
Schedule Listing
002 (REC)
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
003 (REC)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
004 (REC)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
005 (REC)
MWF 9:00AM - 10:00AM
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