Life Writing, Media and Identity in Contemporary France

FRIT F300 — Spring 2020

Brett Bowles
Ballantine Hall 241
Days and Times
TR, 1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Course Description

Life Writing, Media and Identity in Contemporary France

Individual yet socially constrained, ever in flux and transformable via action and word, identity today is constructed largely though media of various types. By examining various modes of lifewriting [écriture (auto) biographique] in prose, poetry, film and music, this course highlights how individuals from a wide range of racial, ethnic, and class backgrounds—Moroccan-born cleaning lady / single mother Fatima El-Ayoubi; Black bank robber-turned-rapper / actor MC Jean Gab’1; devout Muslim rapper and filmmaker Abd al Malik; the white, upper-class, wheelchair-bound former editor-in-chief of Elle magazine, Jean-Philippe Bauby; junior-high teacher turned writer François Bégaudeau—narrate their lives and offer unique perspectives on identity construction in contemporary French society.

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

Class number: 2519

3 credits

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