China and Japan in the French Imaginary
In this course students will examine French representations of East Asia from the late 19th century to the present. Through close readings of films, paintings, comic books, and literary texts, students will expand their sense of the visual/verbal literary with which one ‘reads culture’ through these different literary and artistics media. Topics addressed will include “chinoiseries” and “japonisme,”literary exoticism, French Maoism, travel literature, war documentaries, and the challenges of cross-cultural exchange. Taught in French.