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Course Description

This course, taught entirely in French, is geared to students with an intermediate high or advanced low level of French proficiency. In 1850, the political future of France is still unclear. Will it be an empire, a monarchy, a republic, a dictatorship, secular, Catholic? The 1870 Franco-Prussian War and French defeat undermine its world prestige and territory, while the Commune of Paris creates a brief socialist government. However, France becomes an industrial and colonial power, which benefits the bourgeois, while the proletariat grows poorer. Antisemitism culminates with the Dreyfus affair. Literature and art take new forms: naturalism, realism, symbolism, impressionism, etc.Handouts, videos, music, and PowerPoint presentations will be posted on the class's website, therefore a good Internet connection at home is a must to view them. As always, students are invited to impersonate people of the period.  Lecture (plus Questions)Facilitated  DiscussionListening to Music or Other AudioViewing Videos 
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