Skip Navigation
search: People Opens New Window | Departments Opens New Window | Penn State Opens New Window | Web Opens New Window
Penn State mark
Penn State mark
University Bulletin
Undergraduate Degree Programs

These course descriptions are not being updated as of August 1, 2016. Current course descriptions are maintained in LionPATH.

French (FR)

FR 488 (IL) Topics in French Film History and Theory II: 1945-2002 (3) Provide background needed to understand the broad outlines of French film history and theory in their second half-century (1945-2002).

FR 488 Topics in French Film History and Theory II: 1945-2002 (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

The aim of this course is to provide the upper level undergraduate student with the background needed to understand French film in the period from the end of World War II to the present. This will greatly aid the student in understanding French literature and culture of the period as well. Topics will include the French commercial film of the early postwar period; the ground breaking film criticism of the 1950s, and the films it spawned (the early "New Wave"); the later, more experimental films done in the later 1960s and 1970s by other critic-directors; and, finally, films made in more recent years specifically concerned with the historical memory of social trauma-the Occupation and Holocaust-and the possibility of the cultivation and preservation of this memory in and through the film medium. The analysis will include readings by critics (many of the filmmakers) writing at the time the films were made, as well as more recent scholarship and criticism.The course would allow upper-level undergraduate students to partially fulfill the 400-level course requirement for French majors and minors. It will be offered every other year. This course may also be used to fulfill a requirement in the newly proposed Film Studies minor. A student's performance in this course will normally be evaluated through an in-class expose, two in-class essay tests that will determine the student's analytical skills; and a short research paper. This course will be offered once a year with 50 seats per offering.

General Education: None
Diversity: IL
Bachelor of Arts: Humanities
Effective: Spring 2006
Prerequisite: FR 351 andFR 352 orCOMM 250

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.


Look up course abbreviations

Course descriptions are stored in LionPATH, the University-wide student information system. Please visit the LionPATH Course Catalog to access current course descriptions. At that point, you will be leaving the University Bulletin website.

Skip Popular Searches
  1. Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements
  2. General Education: United States Cultures and International Cultures
  3. Course Index
  4. Graduate Degree Programs Bulletin
  5. General Education: Arts
  6. General Education: Humanities
  7. General Education: Health and Physical Activity
  8. General Education: Natural Sciences
  9. General Education: Social and Behavioral Sciences
  10. General Education: Writing/Speaking