RLFR 206
The Outsider in French & Francophone Film Adaptations of Literary Texts Fall 2018
Division I Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
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In this course students will examine the figure of the outsider (queer, black, woman, intruder, loner) in several French and Francophone literary texts and their film adaptations and will explore questions such as: how are such outsiders translated onto the screen? To what extent does outsider status help maintain, challenge, or reveal hegemonic discourse? In what ways do non-Western and Western filmmakers (re)cast power and privilege through the figure of the outsider in their film adaptations (of Western canonical texts)? Students will read original French and Francophone literary texts and apply theories of film adaptation to their analyses.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 16
Expected: 12
Class#: 1867
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: three response papers, one short essay on film adaption, one video essay with a student partner
Extra Info: not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: students should have taken RLFR 105 or above, or placement test, or by permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Comparative Literature majors, Africana Studies concentrators, French majors and certificates
Distributions: Division I Writing Skills Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: DPE: This course fulfills the DPE requirement because it focuses via the figure of the outsider on power dynamics (based on sexual identity race, class, gender) between cultural producers, in literary texts and their film adaptations. WI: This course is WI because students write three response, 4-page papers and one 7-page script for the narration in their video essay.
Attributes: FMST Core Courses

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