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FR317 – Exploring Cajun and Creole Cultures in the US
Topics in Francophone Culture: Exploring Cajun and Creole Cultures in the US explores the history and significance of Cajun and Creole cultures in the United States. Students will have the opportunity to take a 5-day field trip to New Orleans, Louisiana in order to critically explore Cajun and Creole cultures.
This course, taught in English, explores the historical presence and significance of Cajun and Creole cultures in North America, in the US particularly. The course also studies the social and cultural significance of processes of Creolization of French, as well as French as a heritage language in the US. This investigation is carried through the reading and critical study of works by U.S. authors of Cajun and Creole origins. In this course, students view and explore filmic representations of histories and cultures of Creoles, and Cajuns in Louisiana. Filmic productions such as Ann Rice’s popular television series, Feast of All Saints, amongst others, will be studied. The course’s critical exploration of Cajun and Creole cultures culminates with a 5-day guided visit in the historical city of New Orleans in Louisiana.
Prerequisite: Extra $$$, Includes 6-day trip to New Orleans and Lafayette;students seeking FR credit see Prof