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Fall 2013-2014
* FRE 357 / TRA 357 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Literature, Culture, and Politics

Jeanette L. Patterson

Theme: Languages in Conflict. This course will examine conflicts in, around and between languages. We will look at the cultural baggage and politics of language, from the establishment of national languages to literary forms of resistance, including multilingualism and efforts to preserve or revive minority languages. Texts will include primary and secondary readings from literature, theatre, law, politics and popular culture, from the Middle Ages to the information age. Taught in English translation.

Sample reading list:
Dante Alighieri, De vulgari eloquentia
Joachim du Bellay, La Défense et illust. de la langue française
Eugène Ionesco, The Lesson
Victor Klemperer, Language of the Third Reich
Édouard Glissant, Poétique de la Relation
Louis-Jean Calvet, Language Wars
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
100 pages of reading per week; one midterm paper (4-6 pp), one final paper (8-10 pp), and one analysis of a current issue or cultural phenomenon that will include a written element as well as a presentation.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 20%
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Oral Presentation(s) - 10%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%
Other (See Instructor) - 10%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
None if taken in English; if for French credit, a 200-level course or Instructor's permission..

Other information:
This course is taught in English. French majors or Certificate students wishing to count the course as a French departmental must do the readings and written work in French.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
21229 C01 11:00:00 am - 12:20:00 pm T Th   Wallace Hall   006   Enrolled:12 Limit:20