French Beyond the Hexagon: Mediterranean Migrations

FRIT F467 — Spring 2020

Instructor
Oana Panaïté
Location
Ballantine Hall 240
Days and Times
TR, 2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Course Description

Mediterranean Migrations in Francophone Literature and Film

The refugee crisis that has come to define our time, shaping public discourse, social attitudes, and political decisions both in Europe and the US particularly since 2015, is only the most recent manifestation of century-long patterns of migration tied to economic domination, war, and colonial conquest but also to commercial, human, and cultural exchanges around the Mediterranean basin. We will examine how the recent “migrant crisis”, which some have called a “crisis of hospitality”, has been reflected in the media, literature (novels and comics), and cinema (documentaries and motion pictures) by artists, intellectuals, participants, and witnesses from France and the French-speaking world. How has France responded to this situation? What role does the country’s colonial past play in this response? And how has the current global context transformed the Mediterranean from a cradle of civilization into a graveyard of humanity? Students must acquire the novels Mur Méditerranée by Jean-Louis Dalembert and La Mer à l’envers by Marie Darrieussecq; other materials will be made available through Media Reserves or Canvas. Taught in French.

Prerequisite: Two courses from FRIT-F 305, FRIT-F 306, FRIT-F 361, FRIT-F 362, FRIT-F 363, FRIT-F 375; or one course from FRIT-F 222, FRIT-F 225, FRIT-F 226, FRIT-F 227, FRIT-F 310, FRIT-F 311, and one course from FRIT-F 305, FRIT-F 306, FRIT-F 361, FRIT-F 362, FRIT-F 363, FRIT-F 375; or permission of the director of undergraduate studies.

Class number: 30529

3 credits

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