FREN-489 Myths in French Literature
Fall for 2017-2018
A detailed study of three great myths of love fundamental to the development of French literature and thought: Narcissus, Tristan, and Don Juan. The course will help students to understand better just what a myth is, how it is structured, and how it can be transposed in French literary texts from one set of historical, cultural, and artistic circumstances to another. Readings will be selected from classic narrative, poetic, and dramatic texts from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. Cross-listed with the Comparative Literature program. This course fulfills the upper-division post-1800 literature requirement for the French major.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None


FREN-489-02 Sen. Sem: Islam and France
Fall for 2017-2018
An interdisciplinary approach of the relationship between France and Islam as religion, civilization and cultural representations and practices. The focus of this course is on three aspects of this relationship:

(1) The literary, artistic and ideological images and perceptions of Islam in France from the Middle Ages to the contemporary period;

(2) The intellectual and spiritual interpretations of Islam in twentieth-century France, particularly with respect to the Muslim-Christian dialogue;

(3) The social, political, and religious issues raised by immigration and the confrontation between laïcité, secular culture and the diverse manifestations of Islam in today's France.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: FREN 151 and 1 course between FREN 161-262, or FREN 250 and FREN 251, or instructor's permission
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