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Spring 2012-2013
FRE 339 / AFS 339 (LA)  

The World in Bandes Dessinees

André Benhaïm

This course explores representations of the World and History in major bandes dessinées (or graphic novels) published in French from the 1930s to the present, and produced by authors of various backgrounds (French, Belgian, Italian, Jewish, Iranian). Informed by theoretical readings, discussions will address key aesthetical, political, and ethical issues, including Exoticism, Orientalism, (Post)colonialism, national and individual identity, as well as the theory of reception, to critically assess the fluctuations of these visions between fantasy and testimony.

Sample reading list:
Hergé, Tintin au Congo and Le Lotus Bleu
Goscinny & Uderzo, Asterix aux Jeux Olympiques
Hugo Pratt, Corto Maltese. La Ballade de la mer salée
Jacques Ferrandez, Carnets d'Orient. Djemilah.
Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis
Joann Sfar, Le Chat du Rabbin: La Bar-Mitsva and Jérusalem d'Afrique
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
50-70 pages of reading per week. One mid-term (5-7 pp) and one final paper (7-10 pp). Weekly discussion forums in Blackboard will account for 15% of the final grade.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 25%
Paper in lieu of Final - 35%
Oral Presentation(s) - 15%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%
Other (See Instructor) - 15%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

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

Other information:
Course will be taught in French.

Reserved Seats:
Sophomores Only 5
Juniors Only 5

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43031 C01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm M W   Chancellor Green   105   Enrolled:19 Limit:10 Closed