Créatrices (FRE4721.01)

Noëlle Rouxel-Cubberly

Their films, their books, their work, their lives have marked and shaped many lives, and still do. This course will focus on selected works of French and francophone women creators – authors, painters, choreographers, stand-up comedians, advocates, and scholars. We will explore a variety of genres and forms of expressions.  Readings include excerpts from Histoire de ma vie (Sand, 1854), Aveux non avenus  (Cahun, 1930), Le deuxième sexe (Beauvoir, 1949), as well as two novels: La vie sans fard (Condé, 2012) et La discrétion (Guène 2021). Moreover, we will discuss a performance, Les Indes galantes (Dembélé, 2020), and the multi-faceted work of writer and thinker Maboula Soumahoro. Students will also learn from their live discussions with some of the contemporary “créatrices” studied in this course. Written assignments and oral presentations will help students improve their reading, speaking and writing skills in French. Advanced level. Conducted in French.


Learning Outcomes:
❖ effectively communicate ideas in the target language, both orally and in writing
❖ understand, situate, evaluate, and critique various types of discourse within multiple contexts
❖ analyze the ideas and the concepts from the perspectives of the culture studied
❖ raise valid and rational questions and analyze the questions from the perspective of the culture they study
❖ form ideas and opinions based on their research and logically state and express their thoughts coherently and cohesively in the target language
❖ conduct research independently


Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: At least 2 classes at the Intermediate High level in French or permission of the instructor. Please contact sshapiro@bennington.edu.
Corequisites: Attend 2 CSL Series events.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
M/Th 1:40PM - 3:30PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

Categories: 4000 , All courses , Four Credit , French , Fully In-Person
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