FREN*3160 SONGS, LYRICS AND POETRY IN FRENCH F16 (FREN*3160)
Term: Fall 2016
This course will provide students with the opportunity to explore the cultural richness of song lyrics and poetry in the Francophone world. By engaging with a variety of songs including, but not limited to: traditional folk, political songs (“chansons engagées”), hip-hop to “World music”, students will explore several facets of this complex subject. Activities include: in-depth research on the arc of critical reception of a given songwriter or band, comparing the treatment of a specific theme (for example “money” or “apathy” or “nostalgia”) across musical genres, researching for a biography of a songwriter/poet (such as Richard Desjardins or Jacques Brel).