This module examines modern French identity through a range of historical, political and cultural approaches, exploring an underlying, but constantly challenged, republican tradition which underpins contemporary France.
The aim of the module is for students to gain a solid understanding of the origins of – and challenges to – French republicanism. We consider key events in France and the former French colonies (such as the French Revolution; the Haitian Revolution and the abolition of slavery; the Dreyfus Affair; Vichy; Feminism; the Algerian War). Students on this module develop an enhanced understanding of how French republicanism informs French identity, considering major events of both national and international significance, which, as we will see, are still hotly debated in France today.
All seminars and lectures take place in French, and the module dossier and Canvas pages provide guidance on using French at seminars and for assessed written work. Seminars typically involve close reading (focusing on content and style) of passages of French from newspapers or other sources.
Value: 20 credits