RLFR 260
Francophone Graphic Novels Fall 2022
Division I Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed COMP 260
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In this class we will read contemporary graphic novels and bandes dessinées from Côte d’Ivoire, Morocco, Guadeloupe, Lebanon, France, and Québec to analyze how they approach subjects such as colonial history, migration and discrimination, gender and sexuality, and representations of disability and the racialized body. We will pay particular attention to the visual form and the critical theory of the graphic novel to further understand why this hybrid genre has become so popular and widespread, and how it is shaping conversations about difference and power in the Francophone world. Conducted in French.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 20
Expected: 15
Class#: 1424
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: weekly 1-page response papers, two short 4-5-page papers, presentation and final 7-8-page research paper
Prerequisites: RLFR 105, 106, by placement or by permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: French majors and certificate students, Comparative Literature majors
Distributions: Division I Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
COMP 260 Division I RLFR 260 Division I
DPE Notes: The readings in this course focus on French colonial and Francophone postcolonial history, contemporary migration, and structures of discrimination built on race, religion, gender, and ableism in the French-speaking world. We will explore how graphic novels in their hybrid visual/verbal forms propose different ways of shaping the dynamics and the discourse of difference and power.

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