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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


FR Contemporary: Modern and Contemporary French and Francophone Culture: Articulations of the Real

FR Contemporary: Modern and Contemporary French and Francophone Culture: Articulations of the Real

Course Convenor: Dr Martin Crowley (, Section of French

From the early twentieth century to the present day, French and Francophone artists, writers, film-makers, and thinkers have proposed a series of compelling, and often conflicting accounts of the encounter between cultural production, in all its forms, and the material, textures, rhythms, and practices of lived experience. This module will build up a picture of this central strand of the culture of its period, through a series of sessions dedicated to engagement with topics and works in which its key concerns are decisively articulated. The question of the engagement between the cultural object and its world forms a core around which many of the period's most significant contributions to intellectual and cultural debate may be gathered: the module thus aims both to propose a coherent exploration of a specific question, and to open onto a panoramic view of the period's most interesting and important aspects, as well as some particularly striking recent work in the fields of intellectual and aesthetic inquiry.

The module is open to all those who have degree-level French, whether or not they have previously studied the period. It may also be borrowed by students taking the MPhil in Film and Screen Studies.

Preparatory reading might include any of the following (or similar):

Dawn Ades & Simon Baker (eds), Undercover Surrealism

Aimé Césaire, Discours sur le colonialisme

Dipesh Chakrabarty, Provincializing Europe

Alain Corbin (et al), Histoire du corps, 3: Les Mutations du regard. Le Xxe siècle.

Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, Mille plateaux.

Jacques Derrida, Le Toucher.

Georges Didi-Huberman, Images malgré tout.

Mary Ann Doane, The Emergence of Cinematic Time.

Frantz Fanon, Peau noire, masques blancs

_, Les Damnés de la terre

Mayanthi L. Fernando, The Republic Unsettled: Muslim French and the Contradictions of Secularism

Hal Foster, The Return of the Real.

Félix Germain & Silyane Larcher (eds), Black French Women and the Struggle for Equality

Stefanos Geroulanos, Transparency in Postwar France: A Critical History of the Present

Paul Gilroy, The Black Atlantic

Édouard Glissant, Poétique de la relation

_, Traité du tout-monde

Rosalind Kraus and Yve-Alain Blois, Formless: A User's Guide.

Mahmood Mandani, Citizen and Subject

Laura U. Marks, The Skin of the Film.

Timothy Mathews, Literature, Art, and the Pursuit of Decay in Twentieth-Century France

Achille Mbembe, Critique de la raison nègre

_, De la postcolonie

_, Politiques de l’inimitié

Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Le Visible et l'invisible.

Alison J. Murray Levine, Vivre ici: Space, Place and Experience in Contemporary French Documentary

Jean-Luc Nancy, Les Muses.

_, Au Fond des images.

Mame-Fatou Niang, Identités françaises: Banlieues, féminités et universalisme

Jacques Rancière, Le Partage du sensible.

Kristin Ross, Fast Cars, Clean Bodies.

Oana Sabo, The Migrant Canon in Twenty-first Century France

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, ‘Can the Subaltern Speak?’

Susan Rubin Suleiman, Subversive Intent.

Andrew Webber, The European Avant-Garde 1900-1940.

Jim Wolfreys, Republic of Islamophobia: The Rise of Respectable Racism in France

Robert Young, White Mythologies


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