WGSS 201 Fall 2014 War and Resistance: Two Centuries of War Literature in France, 1804-2004

Cross Listed as RLFR202
In 1883, Maupassant called on his fellow war veterans and writers to join him in speaking out against warfare and violence, crying "Let us dishonor war!" From the Gallic Wars against Caesar (during the first century BC) to France's controversial role in the "War on Terror" (at the opening of the twenty-first century), the French literary tradition is rich in texts that bear witness to war and speak out against its monstrous inhumanity. While war literature in France can be traced back to ancient and medieval texts on Vercingétorix, Charlemagne, William the Conqueror, and Joan of Arc, this course will focus specifically on literary representations of war during the nineteenth- and twentieth-centuries, from the Napoleonic Wars, to the First and Second World Wars, to the Algerian and Cold Wars, and the "War on Terror." Discussions will examine the impact of war on soldiers and civilians, patriotism and pacifism, history and memory; the implications of war as invasion and conquest, occupation and resistance, victory and defeat; the relationship of war to gender, sexuality, and ethnicity; and the role of war in colonialism and genocide. Readings to include novels, short stories, and poems by Balzac, Stendhal, Hugo, Rimbaud, Daudet, Maupassant, Zola, Cocteau, Wiesel, Duras, Camus, and Fanon. Films to include works by Resnais, Renoir, Carion, Jeunet, Malle, Angelo, Pontecorvo, and Duras. Conducted in French.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: active class participation, two short papers, an oral presentation, and a final paper
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Prerequisites: exceptional performance in RLFR 105; Strong performance in RLFR 106 or 107; Successful performance in RLFR 201 or 203; or by Placement Test; or by Permission of the Instructor.
Enrollment Preference: French majors and certificate students; Comparative Literature majors; Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies majors; and those with compelling justification for admission
Department Notes: formerly RLFR 110
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under RLFR; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under WGSS
Divisional Attributes: Division II
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Enrollment Limit: 20
Expected Enrollment: 20
Class Number: 1741
CLASSES ATTR INSTRUCTORS TIMES CLASS NUMBER
WGSS 201 - 01 (F) SEM War Lit. in France, 1804-2004 Division 2: Social Studies Brian Martin
TR 09:55 AM-11:10 AM Hollander 240 1741
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