RLFR 414
Senior Seminar: Coming of Age: French and Francophone Childhood and Adolescent Film Spring 2023
Division I Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed RLFR 414 / COMP 414

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Like the bildungsroman in literature, the coming of age story is a genre in itself in cinema. In this senior seminar, we will watch, discuss, and analyze French and Francophone childhood and adolescent narrative films whose protagonists bring into focus larger issues such as racial discrimination, class, gender, sexual identity, social mobility, repression from the state, regime change, delinquency, justice, bereavement, and human trafficking. We will watch seminal films by Euzhan Palcy, the Dardennes brothers, Céline Sciamma, Férid Boughédir, François Truffaut, Faiza Ambah, and Raoul Peck.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 10
Class#: 3411
Grading: yes pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: three three-page response papers; thesis statement, methodology, and works cited list on one page; 2 low-stakes presentations and one script of a video essay or academic journal "special issue" essay
Prerequisites: 200-level RLFR courses
Enrollment Preferences: French and Comparative Literature majors and certificate students
Distributions: Division I Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
RLFR 414 Division I COMP 414 Division I
DPE Notes: This course qualifies for a Difference, Power, and Equity requirement because the films we focus on racial inequality, class, gender, sexual identity, post slavery society in the Caribbean, lack of social mobility, repression from the state, regime change, delinquency, justice, bereavement, and human trafficking.

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