FREN-232 French Culture and Writing II
This two-semester sequence incorporates advanced writing skills and an anthropological introduction to the study of culture. French Culture and Writing I will focus on the analysis of key French cultural themes, including ethnocentrism and stereotypes, French notions of time, space, and communication(linguistic styles and body language), family structures and child socialization patterns, social class, food and foodways, nation and history, national symbols, and images of rural and urban life. French Culture and Writing II moves from the in-depth exploration of French rural life in the first half of the twentieth century to the study of the postwar period and the impact of large-scale change occurring in both rural and urban locales. The subject matters covered in class will range from the evolution of the family to the changing French culture industry, from social structures to the emergence of ethnic politics. Class will be supplemented on a regular basis with videos, film excerpts, TV clips, and recorded interviews. This sequence serves as a prerequisite to all upper-division courses for French majors.
Prerequisites: FREN 112 (majors) or FREN 151 (non-majors)
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