Childhood and Youth in French and Francophone Cultures

Black and white photo of a small crowd of high school age boys and girls talking and laughing among themselves.

A small crowd of Parisian high school students interacting. (Image by Martin Le Roy on Flickr.)

Instructor(s)

MIT Course Number

21F.321

As Taught In

Spring 2013

Level

Undergraduate

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Course Description

This course studies the transformation of childhood and youth since the 18th century in France, as well as the development of sentimentality within the family in a francophone context. Students will examine the personification of children, both as a source of inspiration for artistic creation and a political ideal aimed at protecting future generations, and consider various representations of childhood and youth in literature (e.g., Pagnol, Proust, Sarraute, Lave, Morgievre), movies (e.g., Truffaut), and songs (e.g., Brel, Barbara). This course is taught entirely in French.

Perreau, Bruno. 21F.321 Childhood and Youth in French and Francophone Cultures, Spring 2013. (MIT OpenCourseWare: Massachusetts Institute of Technology), http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/global-studies-and-languages/21f-321-childhood-and-youth-in-french-and-francophone-cultures-spring-2013 (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA


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