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Spring 2011-2012
* FRE 313 (LA)   na, npdf

Contemporary French Civilization

F. Nick Nesbitt

This course will examine the cultural and political events known as May '68, with a focus on the historical and political context that contributed to its development as one of the watershed events of modern French history. We will study May '68 from a range of perspectives, including film and photographic representations, as well as its historical, sociological, artistic, and philosophical dimensions. Special focus in the second half of the course on 1968 is in a global context, addressing this world changing moment in sites such as Prague, Mexico, Brazil, China, Germany, Italy, US, etc.

Sample reading list:
Kristin Ross, May '68 and Its Afterlives
Guy Debord, La société du spectacle
Phillippe Artières, 68: Une histoire collective
Christine Fauré, Mai 68 jour et nuit
Michel de Certeau, La Prise de parole
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Students will write two papers in French: 4-6 pages length, the first due Friday, March 11, the second due Monday April 18. Each student will give one oral presentation on an aspect or selection of that week's readings. A final, take-home exam will be handed out for preparation and completion during reading week and due May 16.

Take Home Final Exam - 30%
Papers - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Prerequisite: a 200-level French course or permission of Instructor..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41987 C01 11:00:00 am - 12:20:00 pm M W   Frist Campus Center   309   Enrolled:14 Limit:20