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Spring 2012-2013
* FRE 367 / GSS 305 (LA)   na, npdf

Topics in 19th- and 20th-Century French Literature and Culture - Feminist Thought in Twentieth-Century French Literature and Art

Christy N. Wampole

This course surveys the canonical theoretical writings on feminism in 20th-century France and Francophone countries, including texts by Beauvoir, Cixous, Kristeva, Irigaray, Condé, Wittig, and Tiqqun. Some topics addressed: pornography for women, debates on the veil and the burqa in the public space, the Dominique Strauss-Kahn incident, le manifeste des 343, cosmetics, parity laws, street harassment, maternity politics, queer politics, ecofeminism. We will explore these themes in texts, music, photos, films, and other visual media by Cahun, Nothomb, Darrieussecq, Denis, Djebar, Calle, Ernaux, and others.

Sample reading list:
Simone de Beauvoir, Le Deuxième Sexe
Hélène Cixous, "Le rire de la Méduse"
Monique Wittig, La pensée straight
Tiqqun, Premiers matériaux pour une théorie de la Jeune-Fille
Leila Djitli, Lettre à ma fille qui veut porter le voile
Marie Darrieussecq, Truismes
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Two short term papers, one final paper. About 200 pages of reading per week in French.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 40%
Papers - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%

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

Other information:
Classes are conducted in French. All coursework must be written in French.This course is male-, female-, and trans-friendly. Everyone welcome.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41635 C01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm T Th   East Pyne Building   027   Enrolled:5 Limit:20