French and Francophone Cinema
The French and Francophone Cinema working group provides a forum for students and faculty of all departments to view and discuss films and texts related to all periods and genres of French and Francophone cinema. Its overall intellectual aim is to understand the current idea of the canon of French-language cinema, and to explore alternatives to it, drawing on mainstream as well as experimental films. The working group is interested in the intersections between film and other cultural practices and discourses, including but not limited to: anthropology, critical theory, literature, history, science studies, and the visual arts. The films and texts chosen also reflect the relationship of French and Francophone film to other national cinemas. Bi-monthly meetings will alternate film screenings and discussions of critical texts related to the films viewed, as well as texts related to film culture and film theory more broadly construed. Members with specific research interests in film will be encouraged to select a film for screening and help direct discussion of the film for one of the meetings in the course of the year.