Contemporary Short French Fiction: Social and Literary Trends since 1990

Books on display is two meter boxes along the river Seine in Paris.

Bookstalls line the banks of the Seine in Paris. Bouquinistes, booksellers of used and antique books, have made their livelihoods along the Seine since the 16th centry. (Photo courtesy of orangebrompton on Flickr. CC-BY-NC-SA)


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Students in this course will examine short stories and short novels published in France during the past 20 years, with emphasis on texts related to the dominant social and cultural trends. Themes include the legacy of France's colonial experience, the re-examination of its wartime past, memory and the Holocaust, the specter of AIDS, changing gender relationships, new families, the quest for personal identity, and immigration narratives. This course is taught in French.

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Bruno Perreau. 21G.347 Contemporary Short French Fiction: Social and Literary Trends since 1990. Fall 2013. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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