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This course focuses on dystopian (his)stories of the future, the present, and the past through a diverse range of texts and films in French, engaging with political, cultural, economic, ecological, and techno-scientific crises. Questions of power and subjugation, marginality, memory, trauma, gender, violence, nationalism, imperialism, migrations, climate change, economic inequalities, Artificial Intelligence, cloning, and surveillance will be addressed. The definition of dystopia, generally understood as the opposite of utopia and associated with nightmarish aspects or visions of the world, will be problematized and elaborated throughout the semester.

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

Basic Enrollment Requirements: Unofficial Transcript – Bachelor’s Degree or progress towards a Bachelor’s Degree + 3.0 GPA.

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

This section is open to high school students. High School students 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.


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School of Arts & Sciences