RLFR 305
Where We Are & Where We Go: Spaces & Places of Contemporary France Fall 2018
Division I
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How do people in France give meaning to the spaces they inhabit or move through? What does it mean to be from “here” or “there”? Through contemporary French literature and cultural analysis, we will explore these questions in the urban landscapes of major French cities, including Lyon, Marseilles, Nantes, and Angoulême. We will focus on literary representations of the home, the street, the park, the grocery store, and the train, and discuss the ways videos, press articles, photographs, and websites depict neighborhoods, festivals, and street theater. We will also examine a variety of theories that will help us conceptualize urban space and interpret these literary and cultural texts on city life in contemporary France. Readings to include texts by Annie Ernaux, Patrick Modiano, Leïla Sebbar, Didier van Cauwelaert, Yasmina Reza, Jean Rolin, Marie Darrieussecq, and Xavier Houssin. Conducted in French.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 20
Expected: 20
Class#: 2058
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: class participation, several short essays (1-2 pages), midterm essay (5 pages), digital mapping project, and final oral presentation (based on midterm)
Prerequisites: strong performance in RLFR 106 or 107; a RLFR 200-level course; another RLFR 300-level course; or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: French majors & certificate students; those with compelling justification for admission; seniors returning from study abroad (Francophone countries) particularly welcome
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