Courses: Topics: Etudes avancées-The Dark Years (1939-1945) (FRENB325001)

Fall 2013

Class Number: 1253
An in-depth study of a particular topic, event or historical figure in French civilization. This is a topics course. Course content varies. The seminar topic rotates among many subjects: La Révolution frantaise: histoire, littérature et culture; L’Environnement naturel dans la culture française; Mal et valeurs éthiques; Le Cinéma et la politique, 1940-1968; Le Nationalisme en France et dans les pays francophones; Etude socio-culturelle des arts du manger en France du Moyen Age à nos jours.; Current topic description: The Second World War constitutes an extremely difficult period in the history and memory of the French Republic: considered One and Indivisible, the Republic was cut in two, with the northern part occupied by the Germans, while the collaborationist Vichy government controlled the southern part. In this course we will study the history and memory of the Second World War in France, often referred to as the “Années Noires”. We will first turn to the historical events: which circumstances led to the Occupation and the Vichy régime? How did this government function, and what where the attitudes taken by politicians and population? How did France’s liberation come about? A second part will concentrate on the collective memory of the “Dark Years”: how was the Second World War represented, and how did this representation transform through the years? We will explore these questions in letters, memoires, novels and short stories, films, etc.
Div: III; Haverford: Humanities (HU)
Enrollment Criteria: Instructor Permission;

Fulfills: Class Nbr: 1253 Div: III; HU


French (Web site)

Taught By

Don,Willemina Leida


Bryn Mawr, TAYSEM

Meeting Times

M 12:00pm-2:00pm