Undergraduate Course Descriptions

01:420:271 - Francophilia: Literature and Sexuality in Modern France

  • SAS Core Learning: CCD, WCD
  • Language Taught In: Taught in English
  • Instructor: Parker, Andrew
  • Credits: 3

Offered: Spring

Course Description: Francophilia explores the literary representation of non-conforming sexualities in France from the late-nineteenth century to the present. Since the modern history of sexuality passes through France at its origins, Francophilia provides students with the means (critical and historical) to make sense of the emergence of contemporary categories of sexual identity—straight, lesbian, gay, bi, trans—along with the challenging 19th- and 20th-century literary works in which these categories were first imagined and tested. What makes French writing queer? What makes queer writing French? We will also view a selection of films that explore the impact of the AIDS pandemic and the legacy of French colonialism. Francophilia is a general education humanities course intended especially for first- and second-year students; more advanced non-majors are welcome as well [The course is cross-listed with Sexualities Studies 01:888:291.]

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