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FREN 4455 I See You: Exoticism, Ethnography, and the French Colonial Empire (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

This course probes the experiences of the modern Francophone traveler. 19th-century France witnessed an upsurge in business and pleasure travel, especially to countries in Africa that were under French colonial rule until the mid-20th century. We will study written and visual media from the 19th-20th centuries to examine how travelers use sensory impressions, especially vision, to bring the foreign to life and to illustrate its psychological effect on the traveler. Focusing on two ways of depicting otherness-exoticism and ethnography-we will consider the aesthetics and politics of these representational modes. Works by Flaubert, Sand, Gauguin, Gide, Breton, Camus, Glissant, et al.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Lauren Ravalico

Prerequisites: Two courses from the following: FREN3305, FREN3306, FREN3307, FREN3308, FREN3309

Cross listed with:

Comments: Conducted in French
Fulfills one of the 400-level requirements for the French major or minor
Elective for French major or minor. Satisfies Foreign Language Proficiency core requirement.


Last Updated: 06-Mar-14