Aims/Description: This interdisciplinary course analyses the ways identities are formed, at both the individual and collective levels, in France and in the francophone world. The 20th century is often seen as the period that saw the peak of the idea of the nation state whose strength lies in a strong and unified collective identity. This course will examine the construction of this identitarian approach, and the discursive mechanisms used to underscore concepts of national specificity in France, and cognate processes in the francophone world. We examine such processes with reference to a range of `minorities' including those defined by gender, race or sexuality, via readings taken from the fields of literature, film, history and modern thought. The first semester focusses on France, while in the second semester we extend our readings of these questions of identity and minority to the so-called `francophone world'. The course is taught in French.

Staff Contact: WATT SOPHIE
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Seminars, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work, Practical

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