FRENCH 274 - French and Francophone Societies and Culture
Section: 003 Immigration in Contemporary Bandes Dessinees
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.
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Graphic novels, or bandes dessinées, are a rich genre representing everything from superhero tales to serious current events. Their use of image and text together offers a unique way of representing the world, particularly in relation to alternative points of view and overlooked voices. In this class, we’ll focus on how bandes dessinées address the immigrant experience in France. We’ll learn about the genre of the graphic novel, and we’ll ask how the genre shapes our understanding of the themes our novels engage. What different experiences are portrayed? Whose stories get told? What perspectives do we get to see? What perspectives are left out? What can the immigrant experience teach us about contemporary French society?

We’ll read a variety of contemporary graphic novels in French as well as short articles on the topic. Our in-class discussions will be supplemented by short weekly posts as well as longer written responses and a final project. The goals of this course are for you to come away with a richer understanding of immigration experiences in France and the linguistic and literary tools to read and interpret bandes dessinées.

FRENCH 274 - French and Francophone Societies and Culture
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003 (REC)
MWF 12:00PM - 1:00PM
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