20C Fren & Francophone Theater
Twentieth Century French and Francophone Theater (.5 unit)
Level Three is for students who have had significant previous instruction in French and who are already able to function independently in full immersion. Typically, students at this level demonstrate textual/writing ability beyond the sentence level. The individual components of the program are designed to complement one another, and all include intensive study of the language. Students will also arrive at a broader appreciation of French and Francophone cultures and literatures. N.B. All four courses are required
This course will explore French and Francophone (Canadian, Caribbean, African) drama, investigating themes of political and social justice, the nature of personal identity, and sacrifice in the name of love. Utilizing the theater to both criticize and affirm human experience in modern and post-modern societies, avant-garde playwrights rejected traditional notions of character, plot, and staging. From the Theater of the Absurd to Postcolonialist drama, this highly experimental stage culture turned society, the human being, and the literary world inside out. Dramatists include Sartre, Ionesco, Giraudoux, Césaire, Tremblay, and Schwarz-Bart.