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Power and Resistance through Writing

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K. Read

Course Long Title

Power and Resistance through Writing


A study of French and Francophone cultural production, mainly literary, across time and various genres. The course does not attempt comprehensive, encyclopedic knowledge of a textural canon, but rather a thematic approach that focuses on key works and important authors and creators from the French and Francophone world. Power and resistance provides a capacious lens through which students consider issues relevant to the history of France and its reach into the cultural life of its former colonies and beyond, gender and race foremost among these defining influences. Students become acquainted with iconic moments and texts from the Francophone world as well as these that have been traditionally underprivileged or unrecognized. This course may be repeated for credit with permission of the instructor. Prerequisite(s): FRE 207, 208, or 235.

Modes of Inquiry

Analysis and Critique [AC], Historical and Social Inquiry [HS]

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Offering Frequency

Normally offered every year