French and Italian | Introduction la France moderne
F363 | 25733 | Prof Michael Berkvam

Film showings:
W 7:00-10:00PM TBA

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 Surrealism.

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 dautre and Un Dimanche  la campagne
(Tavernier).Each film will be discussed during the Thursday class.

Students will read two French novels and one collection of short
stories written during or about this period and write papers on
them. The final course grade will be based on three exams, the three
papers and class participation. 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 Fulfills A & H, Culture Studies-
List B requirements.