French And Italian | La France Contemporaine: film et culture
F461 | 2333 | Berkvam
This course looks at the evolution of France since the end of World War II, with
an emphasis on historical and cultural changes. The course is taught in French
with all written work and examinations in French. Students read novels that
shed light on cultural and historical changes by authors such as Marguerite
Duras, Georges Perec, Claire Etcherelli, Annie Ernaux, Amélie Nothomb
and Nancy Huston. On Wednesday evenings students view recent feature films
from French film makers that also illustrate cultural and historical changes.
Students will write three papers based on topics of their choice suggested by
the readings. The Tuesday class period will be devoted to a lecture on a
specific subject treated by the file they will view on Wednesday, Thursday
class periods will be discussions of the films and the readings. There will
be three exams and three papers on which the final course grade is based,
along with class participation.