Issues in the French Speaking World

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Overview

The French today contend with national history and identity and the tensions brought on by changes such as immigration, European integration, and postcolonialism. This book encapsulates 11 major issues for students of French language and culture, providing an informed platform for critical thinking and engaging discussion. The topics, including the trial of Maurice Papon, the Headscarf Affair, José Bové and McDonald's, Quebec separatism, and the democratization movement in the Ivory Coast, are overviewed in individual chapters. Pro and con positions on the issues are then presented so that students can debate the points. Helpful French vocabulary, questions and activities, and a resource guide accompany each issue to round out the unit.

The authors are careful to tie in the French issues to American society and culture. Comparisons are probed so that students will broaden their understanding not only of French-speaking societies but also their own society and history as well. Written in a dramatic style, the unique approach of this content-rich resource is sure to bring new energy to the study of French culture, language, and history.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313321542
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 286
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

MICHAEL B. KLINE is Professor of French at Dickinson College.

NANCY C. MELLERSKI is Professor of French at Dickinson College.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I History and memory 1
1 Jeanne d'Arc : the national heroine at issue 3
2 The trial of Maurice Papon : holding France accountable 25
3 The Aussaresses revelations : a tortured memory 45
Pt. II Competing voices 65
4 Regional languages in France : the return of the repressed? 67
5 The headscarf affair : multiculturalism in debate 91
6 The power of language and culture in Quebec 117
7 The ghost of France in the construction of postcolonial identities 145
Pt. III Equality 171
8 The parity law of 2000 : aux armes, citoyennes! 173
9 Affirmative action at Sciences Po : leveling the playing field 193
Pt. IV Globalization 211
10 French cinema and the cultural exception : holding off Hollywood 213
11 Trouble down on the farm : big mac attack 233
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