FRENCH 350 - Special Topics in French and Francophone Studies
Winter 2022, Section 001 - Making S*** Up
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (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 and two courses in FRENCH numbered 250-299; or two courses in RCLANG 320 and one course in FRENCH numbered 250-299.
May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit(s). May be elected more than once in the same term.
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Start/End Date:
Full Term 1/5/22 - 4/19/22 (see other Sections below)
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We love fiction and we hate lies. We admire artists whose flights of fancy push the boundaries of our own minds to the outer limits of the possible and feel nothing but contempt toward those who seek to deceive us. What explains the difference? In a world where the virtual gets to occupy an ever-larger share of our once material lives and where those who supposedly “tell it like it is” seem to have lost contact with the truth, it has become clear that what doesn’t exist does. In this course, we’ll enjoy our love of fiction but also probe our ambiguous feelings toward the false, the envisioned, and the merely unprecedented. We will look at various modes of falsehood and invention, from lies and deceptions to vision and creativity, and ask ourselves to what extent taking liberties with the truth may actually liberate us. We will not, however, approach these questions from a moral standpoint—who and what is right or wrong—but, keeping in mind the meanings of the verb “fabricate,” think about what things that seem unreal do and how they do it: in other words, what we’re actually making when we’re making something up.

The course will include a variety of texts and films that deal with themes such as imagination, self-invention, world-making, pretending, inauthenticity, artifice, imitation, deception, illusion, delusion, fabrication, and why on earth we let ourselves believe that sweet talker we knew damn well was full of it.

Taught in French.


FRENCH 350 - Special Topics in French and Francophone Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (REC)
 In Person
TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
1/5/22 - 4/19/22

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