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French Noir: Dark Visions of Self and Society in post-war France (6 points)


Leader: Philip Anderson

Clayton First semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: This unit will take as its starting point the interest aroused in post-Occupation France by American cinema and the French identification, within that filmic production of which France had been deprived, of a genre: film noir. Students will study the history of noir in France, paying particular attention to representative filmic and literary works ranging from the pre-war period to the present day. They will situate its emergence and development in France in its socio-political and (inter-) cultural context. They will make a critical analysis of the genre and its shifts.

Assessment: 2 seminar presentations: 30% + Essay (1000 words): 25% + Essay (1500 words): 30% + Visual test: 15%

Contact Hours: 1 lecture and 1 2-hour seminar and 1 2-hour screening per week

Prerequisites: FRN1320, FRN1420 or FRN2020

Prohibitions: FRN3702

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