Good War Bad War Resisting Nazis Occupying Algeria (Culture and Society in French Studies) (3 CR)

FRIT-F 450 — Spring 2024

Oana Panaïté
GA 0009
Days and Times
TuTh 3:00p-4:15p
Course Description

Prerequisite: Two courses from FRIT-F 305, F 306, F 361, F 362, F 363, F 364, F 375; or one course from FRIT-F 222, F 225, F 226, F 227, F 310, F 311 and one course from FRIT-F 305, F 306, F 361, F 362, F 363, F 364, F 375; or department consent

The class will delve into the complex moral issues of engaging in a "good" or a "bad" war by looking at two major events that have shaped contemporary French culture and society: World War II (1939-1944) and the War in Algeria (1956-1962). We will look at the life-and-death choices faced by ordinary French citizens during the Nazi Occupation and Vichy Regime before turning to the brutal but ultimately failed military operations France conducted in its North-African colony of Algeria trying to stop the country from gaining its independence. To understand the collective context and individual dilemmas created by these two wars, will use historical and literary works, along with episodes from the very popular series Un village français and the classic film La Bataille d'Alger. Taught in French.

COLL (CASE) A&H Breadth of Inquiry credit

FRIT-F 450    # 30936   3:00P-4:15P    TuTh    GA 0009       Lecture         Panaite O

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