RLFR 410
Senior Seminar: Movement and Migration Fall 2021
Division I Difference, Power, and Equity
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How do movement and migration produce and disrupt constructions of identity, home, and the nation? In the context of movement and migration, how is place is imagined, experienced and remembered? What are the relationships between movement and containment, flight and freedom? Over the course of the semester, we will examine literary texts, film and visual art from French-speaking communities that focus on: the immigration experience in France, the construction of a Francophone Atlantic identity, internal migration between rural and urban spaces, clandestine migration between Africa and Europe, population displacement due to war, and the possibility of creating portable or nomadic places of memory. Works by Chamoiseau, Glissant, Diome, Condé, Maffre, Pineau, and Binebine among others. Conducted in French.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 15
Expected: 12
Class#: 1706
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Weekly 1-page response papers, 5-page mid-term paper and a final 10-page research paper and presentation.
Prerequisites: Any 200-level RLFR course, or by permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Senior French majors and students completing the certificate in French, but open to advanced students of French.
Distributions: Division I Difference, Power, and Equity
DPE Notes: Students will explore how literature, film and art narratives on migration and movement challenge (and also sometimes replicate) discourses of exclusion and structures of discrimination based on race and ethnic identity and gender. While the course focuses on French-speaking communities and people, we will think broadly about difference and power as they relate to movement, flight and freedom.

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