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THE COLLEGE OF WILLIAM & MARY SPRING 2008 FRENCH 150W: FREEDOM LOVERS, COWBOYS & CAPITALISTS: HOW FRANCE SEES THE U.S. Meeting Time: 9:30-10:50 AM, Tuesday (M) and Thursday (R) Room: Washington 317 Professor: Michael F. Leruth E-Mail: [email protected] Office: 212 Washington Hall Phone: X-1390 Office Hours: TR 1:00-2:00 PM (+ by appointment) Texts: Author Title Publication Information ISBN 1 . Michael Harvey The Nuts and Bolts of College Writing Hackett (2003) 9780872205 734 2 . Alexis de Tocqueville Democracy in America Hackett (2000) 0872204944 3 . Hergé Tintin in America Little, Brown (1979) 9780316358 521 4 . Frédéric Beigbeder Windows on the World Miramax (2004) 1401359884 5 . Bernard-Henri Lévy American Vertigo Random House (2007) 9780812974 713 6 . A series of articles, book chapters, and selections from texts available on the course Blackboard site (BB) Course Objectives: 1. Students will begin to acquire a comparative sense of the distinct character of French and American civilization through the study of a number of French primary documents and French and American scholarly texts that focus on French perceptions of American history, government, society, culture, and foreign influence from the period of the American Revolution through the post-9-11 environment. 2. They will consider the hypothesis that French perceptions of America are of crucial importance to the construction and questioning of French national identity given that both countries tend to see themselves—and have been seen by others—as universal models of democracy and modernity and that French prestige depends on its continued ability to “compete” with America in these two respects. They will also reflect upon the extent to which American identity could possibly depend in a similar fashion on American perception of France and consider whether (or not) this mutual dependence creates a unique relationship between the two countries that transcends the ups and downs of Franco-American relations. 3. They will gain experience in reading and interpreting a variety of different types of cultural documents (literature, film, comics, philosophical and polemical texts, etc.) with a critical eye and come to a better understanding of how they are indicative of the cultural contexts in which they were produced. FRENCH 150W M. LERUTH SPRING 2008 PAGE 1
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4. They will develop their ability to express their ideas more effectively in written form through the completion of a number of assignments that approach writing as a process. Evaluation of Student Work: 30% 3 Critical Essays (rough draft + final draft) 30% 1 Final Project 15% H Class Participation 10 % 1 Journal (informal writing tasks) 10% 1 Oral Presentation 5% H Peer Review Work on Final Project of Classmate The grading scale to be used in this course is as follows: B+ = 89-87 C+ = 79-77 D+ = 69-68 A = 100- 93 B = 86-83 C = 75-73 D = 67-66 F = 64-0 A- = 92-90 B- = 82-80 C- = 72-70 D- = 65 1. Three critical essays on specific topics—worth 30% of the overall grade for the course. Two drafts of each of the essays must be completed by the dates indicated on the
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