F461 | 24425 | Berkvam, Michael L

In this course we look at the developments of France from World War
II to the present with a special emphasis on social, political and
cultural changes. We will look especially at the result of World War
II on France, the end of the colonial period for France in the 1950s
and 1960s, the development of a consumer society, May-June 1968, the
presidencies of Charles de Gaulle, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing,
François Mitterrand and Jacques Chirac, and the changes in France
today (race, religion, women, society, international relations). In
addition to the regular class meetings there will be a weekly film
series of 15 films illustrating aspects of French life and culture
from 1940 to the present. Particular emphasis will be placed on the
French New Wave directors such as François Truffaut, Agnès Varda and
Jean-Luc Godard. We will look at films that also indicate the
direction French cinema is taking at the present time. We will read
and discuss six novels: Simone de Beauvoir Les Belles images;
Claire Etcherelli Elise, ou la vraie vie; Georges Perec
Les Choses; Annie Ernaux Ce qu’ils disent ou rien and
Journal du dehors; Calixthe Beyala Comment cuisiner son
mari à l’africaine. Students write three papers and take three
exams. The course is conducted in French with all written work,
discussions and readings in French.