AFR 307 Fall 2012 Contemporary Short Stories from North Africa: Fast Cars, Movies, Money, Love and War

Cross Listed as RLFR309
Today the countries of North Africa are experiencing rapid social change. Rap music can be heard spilling out of windows while television sets broadcast a call to prayer. In the market place, those selling their goods compete to be heard over the ringing of cell-phones. Old and new exist side by side, albeit sometimes very uncomfortably. During the past decade, literature has emerged in both French and Arabic examining the effects of globalization: unequal modernization, unemployment, cultural change and cultural resistance. In this course, we will read short stories that address these issues as well as analyze films, sociological texts and Moroccan, Algerian and Tunisian newspapers on the web in order to explore contemporary transformations of life in North Africa. Readings by Maissa Bey, Abdelfattah Kilito, Zeina Tabi, Mohamed Zafzaf, Ahmed Bouzfour, Soumaya Zahy and Abdelhak Serhane among others.Conducted in French.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: active class participation, reading journal, two short papers, an oral presentation and a final paper
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Prerequisites: French 201, 202 or 203 or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preference: French majors and those with compelling justification for admission
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under RLFR; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AFR
Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: ARAB Arabic Studies Electives
Enrollment Limit: 20
Expected Enrollment: 20
Class Number: 1825
AFR307-01(F) LEC Contemp Short Stories N Africa Division 2: Social Studies Katarzyna M. Pieprzak
MR 2:35 PM-3:50 PM Hollander 240 1825
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