FREN190-000: Freshman Seminar: French

Topic: The Politics of Race 20/21st C

January 10, 2017 - April 24, 2017
DaysTimeLocationInstructorGERCreditOPUS #
10:00am - 11:15am
Math & Science Center - W307C
Xavier, Subhagnana
Appropriate for First Year students.

This freshman seminar will focus on themes in French culture from social history, the arts, and current information media. Cross-cultural comparisons provide a rich basis for discussion.

FREN 190  Politics of Race in 20th-21st Century Paris

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Content: Throughout the 20th and 21st century, Paris has enjoyed a cosmopolitan reputation for racial and intellectual freedom. From African-American writers and jazz musicians fleeing the Harlem Renaissance, to Martiniquan, Senegalese and Guyanese poets seeking higher education, Paris of the 1920’s welcomed a generation of Black artists and thinkers who would go on to make world history. Yet amidst the city's renowned climate of tolerance lurked the specter of French colonization in Africa and its false justifications. After decolonization in the1960’s, the French government recruited legions of North and Sub-Saharan Africans to remedy a deficit in the country's blue-collar workforce. They would become the first of many generations of Africans looking to make a life in Paris while struggling to survive in unsanitary housing conditions and fighting institutional prejudices of every kind. More recently African migrant artists, following on the heels of prior generations of Black writers, have gravitated towards Paris from the 1990’s onwards, writing and singing about the experience of immigrant life and a new Black cosmopolitanism in Paris in the age of global capitalism.

Through analysis of articles, poems, music, excerpted novels, essays and films, students in this course will discover both the light and darkness behind the politics of race in Paris of the last century.

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