The Regions of France: History, Folklore and Culture
France is a patchwork of many regions, each boasting its own identity through its history, culture and dialect. Each week, this course will explore one specific French region—such as Brittany, the Loire Valley or Provence—from a variety of angles: its landscapes, folklore and legends; culinary traditions (the notion of terroir); and the way the region is portrayed through literature and cinema. Examples of the latter include Germinal, in which Emile Zola captures the language and way of life of coal miners in the northern Hauts-de-France; Georges Sand’s legends of her native Berry; and Marcel Pagnol’s Marius and Manon des Sources, in which the playwright highlights the social rituals, comic stances and devious plots of his Provençal characters. The class will read and analyze excerpts of these novels and plays, and will screen and discuss feature films relevant to each region.

Required texts:
- Marcel Pagnon, Jean de Florette, Edition de Fallois, ISBN : 978-2877065115
- A required Coursepack will be available for purchase at the College Bookstore

11:00am-12:00pm on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday (Jun 22, 2020 to Aug 7, 2020)