Topics in French Lit

SAME AS V11.0300-002,V29.0866 & V41.0045

RAPUBLIQUE: Politics of French Hip-Hop (conducted in ENGLISH -- counts towards major) From its conception in the Bronx in the 1970s, rap has mastered a blend of sonic innovation, poetry, and social critique. Today, France enjoys the world’s second largest rap industry. French rappers have not simply imported the work of their American peers; they have developed a genre that is decidedly French both in its poetics and politics. Rapublique: Politics of French Hip-hop investigates how French rappers engage with questions of race, religion, postcolonial memory, gender, sexuality, and freedom of expression in contemporary France. Through an analysis of lyrics, sound, and visual culture, we will explore the intersection of aesthetics and politics. How can 3D special effects challenge the process of racialization? What are the effects of auto-tune and parody in a declaration of love for an Extreme Right politician? In critiques of the State, where does poetic license end and real violence begin? This course aims to provide a unique introduction to the crucial social debates facing France today through a focus on rap’s artistic and aesthetic qualities.

The department offers occasional courses on subjects of special interest to either a regular or visiting faculty member. For specific courses, please consult the class schedule.

Course Information



4 Points

Term Section Instructor Schedule Location

Summer 2018

Emily Quintin Shuman
MW: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM TISC LC1
Pierre Kevin Thomas Andre
MW: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM BOBS LL148

Fall 2018

Lucien A Nouis
MW: 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM TISC LC4