FREN-337 French Republic and its Minorities
This course explores the encounters, from the French revolution to the present, between the modern French concept of the nation-state, with its ideology of unifying political and cultural identity, and France’s cultural, religious, and ethnic minorities. It highlights three distinct minorities - Protestants, Jews, and North-African Muslims - as particularly relevant case-studies for understanding the making and transformation of the modern French state, nation, and culture. By comparing their paths of integration and the public discourses and policies surrounding their assimilation, the course explores how these minorities have negotiated and reshaped their identities as they struggled to internalize the common French cultural and historical legacy. By doing so, the course also compares and contrasts the French paradigm of citizenship and integration with its neighboring European models, and engages in contemporary political and historiographical debates over the definition of French identity.
Crosslisted with INAF-320
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