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French Connections

9 AM - 12 PM (AZ Time)
March 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13, and 20, 2021





In this seminar several professors from the College of Humanities address different topics that connect France with other nations.

Alain-Philippe Durand will first look at American and Brazilian French literature—how American and Latin American studies developed in France (Bastide, Camus, de Beauvoir, Lévi-Strauss, and others). Next, Carine Bourget will lecture on Islam and immigration in France through Yamina Benguigui’s documentaries on French immigration policies and assimilation. Then Barbara Kosta will present Berlin-Paris, exploring the significance of France, especially Paris, for many German filmmakers, artists, and writers. Bryan Carter next examines African Americans coming to Paris around the turn of the 20th century to escape racism in the U.S. Denis Provencher then focuses on queer French, looking at language, gender, and sexuality in the French LGBTQ experience. All the professors assemble for a final joint session.

Registration will open online on Monday, November 23, 2020 at 8 AM (AZ Time)

  • Classes will be delivered online via the Zoom video conferencing platform. Course will be password protected and only available to enrolled students.
  • All class sessions will be recorded and made available to enrolled students for a limited time to assist those who may not be able to attend the live class times.
  • Enrolled students may withdraw from a course and receive a tuition refund if the request is received before the second class session.

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Required Reading: 

  • No textbook is required, however, several movie rentals are assigned. Additional readings and class materials will be distributed to students electronically.

Meet Your Professor

Dean, College of Humanities
Department of French and Italian

ALAIN-PHILIPPE DURAND is Dean of the College of Humanities and Professor of French and Applied Intercultural Arts Research at the University of Arizona. Durand is also Affiliated Faculty in Africana Studies, Latin American Studies, LGBT Studies, and Public and Applied Humanities. His publications and courses deal with French and Latin American literature and culture, French cinema, hip-hop studies, and the kind of popular culture that characterizes the extreme contemporary.

Department of French and Italian

Carine Bourget is professor of French and Francophone Studies in the Department of French & Italian, and affiliated with the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies and Religious Studies at the University of Arizona. Her areas of research include Islam in Francophone Literature and Culture, and Islam in France. Her second book (The Star, the Cross, and the Crescent) was selected by Choice as a 2010 Outstanding Academic Title.

Professor; Head, Department of German Studies
Department of German Studies

BARBARA KOSTA is Professor and Head of the Department of German Studies at the University of Arizona. She received her Ph.D. in German from the University of California, Berkeley, and is the recipient of Fulbright and DAAD awards. She has published on contemporary German film and literature as well as on literature, film, and visual culture of the Weimar Republic. Her most recent book is Willing Seduction: The Blue Angel, Marlene Dietrich, Mass Culture.    

Associate Professor
Africana Studies Program

BRYAN CARTER received his Ph.D. at the University of Missouri-Columbia and is currently an Associate Professor in Africana Studies and Director of the Center for Digital Humanities at the University of Arizona. He specializes in African American literature of the 20th century, focusing on the Harlem Renaissance and secondarily on digital culture. He has published numerous articles on his doctoral project, Virtual Harlem, and has presented it at locations around the world.    

Professor; Head, Department of French and Italian
Department of French and Italian

Dr. Denis Provencher is Professor and Head in the Department of French and Italian and affiliate faculty in Anthropology, Gender and Women's Studies, the Institute for LGBT Studies, Linguistics, and Second Language Acquisition and Teaching. He earned his Ph.D. in French from The Pennsylvania State University. His main interests include French civilization and cultural studies, language, gender and sexuality, migration and diaspora studies, conversation and discourse analysis, intercultural pragmatics and critical intercultural communication.


This course will be offered ONLINE ONLY
Classes will be live streamed during the time and dates specified in the course details section above. Instructions about how to access the course online will be sent to all enrolled students before the course begins.

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