Introduction to literary and cultural analysis through the close reading and discussion of texts united by a common theme. Taught in French.

Prereq: 21G.304, or permission of instructor


Topic for Fall 2017: Basic Themes in French Literature and Culture : Exploring Francophone Culture through Comics

This course looks to broaden students’ understanding and appreciation of the world of French language comics, or bandes dessinées, from its invention in the 19th century to its current status as the 9th art. We will explore the history and phenomenon of bandes dessinées, examine the characteristics of the genre and learn how to connect the texts to the images. We will study a variety of works, themes, and graphic styles and their cultural function in society. Themes will include humor, national identities, the European and colonial contexts, political cartoons, immigration and crime stories.

Instructor: I. Nicholas