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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2017-18

FREN 45.04 What is the Contemporary?

This course will examine how recent novels, films, and critical texts engage with the cultural and political climate of post-1980 France. Subjects of inquiry will include: postmodernism, minimalism, “post-exoticism,” nationalism, biopolitics, “spectrality,” terrorism and violence, gender and class. Works may include novels by Houellebecq, Echenoz, Toussaint, Salvayre, Ernaux, Darrieussecq, Volodine, Michon; films by Carax, Assayas, Haneke; critical readings by Agamben, Derrida, Ruffel, Viart, Millet, Jameson.




A course in the French 10 series or permission of the instructor.

Distributive and/or World Culture

Dist:LIT; WCult:W

The Timetable of Class Meetings contains the most up-to-date information about a course. It includes not only the meeting time and instructor, but also its official distributive and/or world culture designation. This information supersedes any information you may see elsewhere, to include what may appear in this ORC/Catalog or on a department/program website. Note that course attributes may change term to term therefore those in effect are those (only) during the term in which you enroll in the course.


Not offered 17F through 19S