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How do the voices of diverse French writers and filmmakers articulate the contemporary French landscape, confronting issues such as coming of age, racism, social class, sexuality, gender, relationships, religion, and family?

Recommended: FR 31 or 32, or permission.

Readings: Annie Ernaux, Les années (2008); Édouard Louis, En finir avec Eddy Bellegueule (2014); Laurent Petitmangin, Ce qu’il faut de nuit (2020)

Films:  Entre les murs (Laurent Cantet, 2008); Trop noire pour être française (Isabelle Boni-Claverie, 2015); Divines (Houda Benyamina, 2016); Quand on a 17 ans (André Téchiné et Céline Sciamma, 2016); Visages Villages (Agnès Varda, 2017); Saint Omer (Alice Diop, 2023).

This is an in-person course that follows the published schedule of course meetings and requires attendance at all sessions. Tufts courses are designed to provide high-quality and interactive courses to Tufts and visiting students. For more information about course policies and expectations, please visit 

This section is also open to rising high school students who are 11th or 12th grade students. High School students who enroll will be prompted to submit an additional application after enrollment including: a high school transcript, letter of recommendation, parental permission, and other required consent forms.

Basic Enrollment Requirements: None.

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Remission Eligible: Yes; first day of term; all university policies apply.


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