New Summer Courses!

The French department at NYU has added some great courses for this summer! No previous language skills are necessary and both courses will be taught in English. Check them out!

Resist: Voices of Revolt in Literature and Film
Instructor: Claire Reising, ctr260@nyu.edu
Summer 2019, Session I
May 28-July 7
Monday, Wednesday 1:00-4:00 p.m.
FREN-UA 868, Section 001
Class#: 2373 on Albert

From protest signs to best-selling novels, resistance to power drives dissenters to express themselves in the streets and on the page. How does writing empower marginalized individuals to speak about their experiences? How do works of art expose injustices to promote reflection or incite action?

We will explore films, plays, novels, and graphic novels, from the post-World War II era to today. The diversity of works we will cover illustrates how facets of identity, such as class, gender, race, and sexuality, lead to different reasons to resist and different forms of resistance. The writers we will study come from French-speaking countries. The course is taught in English and counts for the French major and minor.

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Sexy Ghosts
Instructor: Aileen Christensen, aac505@nyu.edu
Summer 2019, Session II
July 8- August 18
Monday, Wednesday 1:00-4:00 p.m.
FREN-UA 868, Section 002
Class#: 2455 on Albert

Ghosts are scary, unnerving, and even horrifying, but have you ever thought that they’re sexy too? Many Romantic writers did! But are the ghosts themselves sexy or have we simply fallen in love with a memory? Do ghosts exist or are they only representations of desire? Find out as we delve into novels and short stories by authors such as Théophile Gautier, Alexandre Dumas, and Jules Verne. Their characters are haunted by a strange variety of ghosts–from vampires, to the spirits of relics and ruins, to deceased wives, to recordings of the dead. This strange love of ghosts will serve as our introduction to the long Romanticism of the nineteenth-century, as we explore fundamental theoretical questions about the relationship between love and death, the idealization and dehumanization of women, female identity, and desire. This course will be taught in English and counts for the French major and minor.

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