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On ne naît pas femme, on le devient.

— de Beauvoir

French 183A: Configurations of Crisis: Histories and Memories of the Occupation in French Literature and Cinema

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Course Description:
An inquiry into the history and memory of Occupied France through a range of cultural production: novels, essays, poetry, theatre and cinema. We will focus on representations of the Occupation; the literature of Resistance; art under Nazi censorship; Vichy France and collaboration; war and the colonies; antisemitism and the Holocaust. Our explorations will seek to understand why France continues to be haunted by this “past that refuses to pass”.

Texts by Sartre, Camus, Vercors, Némirovsky, Anouilh, Delbo and others. Films by Resnais, Malle, Ophuls, Chabrol and Ousmane Sembène.

French 102 or consent of Instructor.

Additional information:
This course satisfies one “Culture” or one “Elective” requirement in the French major. Satisfies College of Letters and Science breadth in Social and Behavioral Sciences. Priority enrollment for declared French majors.

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