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French 103B: Language and Culture — Art and Politics: The Surrealist Revolution (“W”)


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Course Description:

This course will discuss the artistic, political and psychoanalytical aspects of French Surrealism from its first expression in the early 1920’s to the aftermath of the Second World War. We will consider all the artistic components of this multi-faceted movement and our material will include textual sources such as prose, poetry and manifestos, but also films and paintings.  This course will address specific topics, such as the relationship between creativity and the unconscious, the important role of psychoanalysis in the development of surrealism, and the relationship between poetic and political revolutionary practices.


Students must have either previously completed French 102 or its equivalent, or be concurrently enrolled in French 102. For additional placement information please see Placement Guidelines.

Additional information:

Satisfies L & S breadth requirement in Arts and Literature. This course is designated as “W” (writing intensive) in the French major.

Section times and locations in the Schedule of Classes