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Il ne faut jamais avoir peur d’aller trop loin car la vĂ©ritĂ© est au-delĂ .

— Proust

French 162A: Perspectives on History — Histoire et mĂ©moires de l’Occupation


Némirovsky, Suite française (Isbn : 207033676x)

Camus, La Peste (folio) folio ISBN-10: 2070360423

Sartre Les Mouches (folio)

Anouilh, Antigone (folio)

Simone de Beauvoir, Le Sang des Autres ISBN-10: 2070363635,

Modiano, Dora Bruder ISBN-10: 2070315053

Course Description:

An inquiry into the history and memory of wartime 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; anti-Semitism and the Holocaust; decentering the memory of World War II. Our explorations will seek to understand why France continues to be haunted by this “past that refuses to pass.”

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

Prerequisites: French 102 or consent of Instructor.

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

Section times and locations in the Schedule of Classes