FRENCH 270 - French and Francophone Literature and Culture
Summer 2021, Section 201 - La ville et le quartier: Space, place & belonging in modern French lit
Instruction Mode: Section 201 is  Online (see other Sections below)
Subject: French (FRENCH)
Department: LSA Romance Languages & Literatures
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Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Enforced Prerequisites:
FRENCH 235 or RCLANG 320 (completed with a minimum grade of C- or better). [note to Registrar's Office: includes F235 student group as prerequisite option].
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Why do we live together—not just in houses, but in apartment buildings, neighborhoods, and cities; on trains, in cafés, and on street corners? Better yet, how? Who gets to live where and why? How has our relationship with each other changed as we move toward dense, chaotic, fast-paced cities? What do city neighborhoods tell us about access to power and identity (including race/ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation) and how a sense of belonging is developed or denied? What is the difference between the way we imagine our neighborhoods and the way they really are?

This course will give us the opportunity to consider what literature teaches us about the places we live in and belong to. The texts we will consider in developing these questions range from short stories and novels to YouTube videos and podcasts, bringing a variety of perspectives and voices to the table. We will focus primarily on the 20th century, but we will turn briefly to the 18th and 19th centuries for historical context; the 2018 Gilets jaunes movement will bring us to the contemporary moment. Texts will come from across the francophone world, helping us consider how modernism and community differ outside of the Hexagon and the western context. Throughout the semester, we will use our experiences in our own spaces, culminating in a “map” of how we each belong in the world.

Possible readings include: Georges Perec, Louis Aragon, Patrick Chamoiseau, Maïssa Bey, Christiane Rochefort, Nathalie Sarraute, Patrick Modiano, André Breton, Edouard Louis, and Marguerite Duras.


FRENCH 270 - French and Francophone Literature and Culture
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201 (REC)
TuTh 1:00PM - 4:00PM
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