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FRE 150 Language, Culture, Identity: Being/Speaking French 3 credits

This course, taught in English, will introduce first-year Honors students at Saint Joseph’s University to undergraduate scholarship through substantive readings (both primary and secondary materials), research tasks, critical discussions and cultural experiences outside of class, including a museum visit and film viewings. The focus will be on the Francophone world, beginning with the development of French language and culture, and the construction of "Frenchness," moving through the colonial and post-colonial periods and ending with French-speaking communities as they function in today’s global environment. We will read poetry, essays and fiction by Frantz Fanon, Aimé Césaire, Maryse Condé and Azouz Begag. We will also discuss and employ certain concepts of French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu. GEP First Year Seminar.