French and Italian | Intro a la France Moderne
F363 | 2516 | Prof. Michael Berkvam

This course is conducted entirely in French and looks at the crucial
period in recent French history from 1870 to 1940 (from the defeat of
France in the Franco-Prussian War to the defeat of France in 1940). We
will look especially closely at the development of republicanism and
republican education, the Dreyfus Affair and anti-Semitism, World War
I, the inter-war years and the rise of European fascism in the 1920s
and 1930s. Special attention will be placed on slide series showing
the development of France during this period, the changes in the city
of Paris, the evolution of French architecture and especially French
art from Realism to Impressionism to Expressionism to Cubism and

In addition to the class meetings on Tuesday and Thursday, there will
be a weekly film series on Wednesday evening when students will see
feature-length films showing aspects of French life during this
period, as well as the development of French cinema, and how France
was depicted in at least two American movies. Some of the films in
the series are: La Grande illusion (Renoir), The Life of
Emile Zola (Dieterle), Paths of Glory (Kubrick), La Vie
et rien d'autre and Un Dimanche  la compagne (Tavernier).
Each film will be discussed during the Thursday class.

Students will read two French novels written during this period and
write papers on them. The final course grade will be based on three
exams, the two papers and class participation. Prerequisite: FRIT
F300; F363 fulfills A & H and CSB requirements. If you have any
questions please send me an e-mail and I will answer you as quickly as
possible.  My e-mail address is