Intro to French/Francophone Studies: Genre marginalisé, communautés marginalisés

FRIT F300 — Spring 2022

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Elke Defever
SY 002
Days and Times
TR 11:30 A - 12:45 P
Course Description

Prerequisite: F250, F265, equivalent or consent of department. Details forthcoming.

In this course we will look at representations of different marginalized communities in bandes dessinées (francophone graphic novels) and other media.   

Up until recently, bandes dessinées were a marginalized genre in literature and academics. Rather than accept this, bédéistes have taken advantage of this status by using their BDs as a platform to speak out against social injustices. By looking at how marginalized communities are represented in BDs, we will explore the ways these artists  work to pull both the genre and the communities they represent out of the margins. We will look at works that foreground immigration, gender identities, sexual identities, physical ability and disability… Our sources will primarily be bandes dessinées, but we will also look at at other media such as film, novels, and music.   

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