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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2021-22

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.


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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.