Paris is a tourist-friendly city, but there are fascinating neighborhoods of France's capital that many tourists don't get a chance to see.
The focus of this course is to discover Paris’s ethnic neighborhoods through the literature and culture of its African, Arab, and Asian communities. Students visit cultural centers and museums, but also meet with authors and community leaders, attend an African dance session, and observe a literacy program for France’s newly arrived immigrants. Students also debate social issues with French students concerning immigration and French identity.
Those enrolled in FRCH 308/408 do coursework in French, WLIT students have the option of completing all coursework in English. Prerequisite: FRCH 202 for those enrolled in FRCH 308 or 408. No prerequisite for those enrolled in WLIT 308. Graduate cross-lists are also available.
Discuss African literature with the first woman writer of Cameroon, Thérèse Kuoh-Moukoury, and learn about African music and dance from Lucky Zebila, former Director of the National Ballet of the Congo. Discuss current issues with French students from fourschools, including Lycée Louis-le-Grand, one of Paris’s premier schools founded in the 16th century.
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About the Instructor:
Dr. Toman specializes in French and Francophone Studies. She has lived and worked in Paris and parts of the Middle East and Africa. Part of her research focuses on the immigrant communities of Paris, and she developed this course in 2000, modifying it each year to present students with the most current issues on the topic.