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Fall 2012-2013
* FRE 327 / COM 357 (EM)  

Tales of Hospitality: France, North Africa, and the Mediterranean

André Benhaïm

Since the Revolution, France has declared itself a haven for refugees from all countries. Yet, a series of laws and often fierce debates have recently marred this benevolence with sometimes dramatic limitations. Keeping in mind different models of hospitality in the Western, Mediterranean, and Arab traditions, we will examine the 'case study' of France and North Africa by comparing ethical and political, individual and collective models of hospitality. We will address issues such as immigration, nationality, and cultural identity and reflect on what it means to welcome a stranger.

Sample reading list:
Homère, L'Odyssée (selections)
Albert Camus, L'Hôte
Tahar Ben Jelloun, Hospitalité française
Assia Djebar, Femmes d'Alger dans leur appartement
Albert Cohen, Solal
Joann Sfar, Le Chat du Rabbin (graphic novel)
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
70-80 pages of reading per week, in French or, by choice, in English. One mid-term (5-7 pp) and one final paper (7-10 pp). One oral presentation.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Quizzes - 15%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%
Other (See Instructor) - 15%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
FRE 207, or permission of the instructor..

Other information:
Course will be taught in French. Depending on demand, an English precept may be put in place where the reading will be done in translation. To count this course as a departmental, students must attend the French precept(s), read the works and write the papers in French.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21238 L01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm M   East Pyne Building   010   Enrolled:27 Limit:45
P01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm W   McCormick Hall   363   Enrolled:16 Limit:20
P01A 11:00 am - 12:20 pm W   McCosh Hall   34   Enrolled:11 Limit:20
22622 P02 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm W        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled