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FRENCH 216: Introduction to Francophone and Postcolonial Studies

In this introductory course, we will study how writers, filmmakers and singers from former francophone colonies resist western cultural and political hegemony by telling their own stories, using the colonial language in subversive ways. We will read some of the most captivating novels by Maryse Condé, Assia Djebar, Fatou Diome, and movies by Moufida Tlatli, Gillo Pontecorvo, Ousmane Sembene, and we will listen to lots of rap music! Watch this video to learn more!



Fall 2021: Tu / Th 11:00 am – 12:15 pm

For more information contact Professor Nevine EL Nossery

ITALIAN 452: Italian American Cinema


A Survey of Italian American Film and Television, from the Early Cinema to the present. Films and TV programs engaging with the Italian American Experience will be studied within the cultural, historical, literary and ethnic contexts of North America. Screenings will include The Godfather, Goodfellas, Household Saints, Do the Right Thing, The Sopranos, and others.



Fall 2021: Tu / Th 2:30 pm – 3:45 pm

For more information contact Professor Patrick Rumble


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