West European Studies | Contemporary France: Film and Culture
W406 | 8690 | Berkvam

Prof M. Berkvam  1:00-2:15p TR BH 229; 7:00-10:00pm W VH 033
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This course, in English (with all readings, papers and exams in
English) looks at the cultural and historical evolution of France
since 1945. Students read recent novels by French authors that
illustrate aspects of this cultural and historical change. One
selection of the course will be devoted to the evolution of Paris and
the Paris region since 1945. On Wednesday evenings students view
feature films that also show aspects of life in France from the
1940's to the present. Among the authors to be read are Marguerite
Duras, Georges Perec, Annie Ernaux, Amélie Nothomb and Nancy Huston.
There will be three exams and three papers based on topics developed
by each student. Final grades will be based on the exams and papers
and on class participation. On Tuesdays there will be lectures on
aspects of French culture depicted in the film shown on Wednesday,
and on Thursday we will discuss the films and the novels.