Cuisine, Culture, and Identity (FRE4226.01)

Stephen Shapiro

“Tell me what you eat and I will tell you who you are” –Brillat-Savarin

While food sustains life, it also gives it meaning. This course will focus on how the culture of food and eating has played an important role in the construction of the religious, national, ethnic, and individual identities of the French-speaking world. How have migration and the realities of the post-colonial world transformed cuisine and national identity? How does cuisine allow the French to challenge an American dominated world? We will consider the worldview French food products and practices reflect and make comparisons with our own culinary cultures. This course will offer a systematic review of the foundations of French grammar as well as offer practice at perfecting oral and written expression. Intermediate-low level. Conducted in French.

Learning Outcomes:
-understanding how cuisine functions as an element of culture and how it expresses national and ethnic values
-challenging stereotypes about French culture and cuisine by highlighting the importance of migration and cross-cultural contact on French national identity
-understanding complex cultural practices and their contexts
-review grammatical structures
-improve speaking and listening abilities through the use of authentic materials
-creating with language at the complex sentence level
-developing strategies for reporting information in writing and orally
-developing strategies for presenting arguments and hypotheses

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Permission of faculty (based on an appropriate language proficiency level). Contact
Corequisites: Attendance at CSL Speaker Series events Attendance (2 times) French Table
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
M/Th 10:00AM - 11:50AM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 15
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

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