COMP 370
Displaying, Collecting and Preserving the Other: Museums and French Imperialism
Last Offered Spring 2012
Division I
Cross-listed RLFR 370 / AFR 370 / COMP 370
This course is not offered in the current catalog or this is a previous listing for a current course.

Class Details

This course will explore relationships between culture and imperialism in France by exploring how the colonial “Other” has been conceived, displayed and collected in French museums, world’s fairs and galleries from the 19th century to the present. Through readings in museum history and theory, we will explore the imperial histories of the Louvre and the Musée de l’Homme, the role of Parisian World’s Fairs in ordering the colonial world, French colonial photography and the creation a body of consumable subjects, and the discourse of collection and preservation in French colonial architecture. Drawing on museum theory, we will also critically examine contemporary Parisian museums such as the Musée du Quai Branly, the Institut du Monde Arabe and the Cité nationale de l’histoire de l’immigration. In addition to readings and discussion, the class will engage in a semester-long group project to design a new museum of French history and identity. The group will present all aspects of their museum including location, design, exhibit concept, narrative, and more. This course will be conducted in English. For students seeking RLFR credit, select readings will be in French, and written work will be in French.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 15
Class#: 3750
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: active class participation, response papers, 2 short essays and a final group project
Prerequisites: for students taking the course as RLFR: RLFR 201 or above, or permission of instructor; for students taking the course as COMP or AFR: no prerequisites
Enrollment Preferences: French and Comparative Literature majors, and concentrators in Africana Studies
Distributions: Division I
Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under RLFR or COMP; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AFR
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
RLFR 370 Division I AFR 370 Division I COMP 370 Division I

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