Volume V

  • Preface

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    Author: Kelley, Susanne

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    Preface to Volume V

    • La Francophonie dans un contexte éducatif : le nouveau monde à découvrir

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      Author: Christopher, Kyle D.

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      The Francophone culture of French overseas departments is largely overlooked in the American university system. By examining these regions further, we will discover that they have much to offer, not only from a linguistic perspective, but also from interdisciplinary perspectives ranging from biology to politics. Moreover, the geographical proximity of several of these regions to the United States, and especially to the city of Atlanta, provides a unique opportunity for university-level students to examine the French culture of these departments and enlarge our understanding of Francophone culture. Several prominent Francophone scholars that are of Antillean origin provide a unique perspective and opportunity to discover this “new world” that exists right here at our doorstep.

      • La lidia del toro bravo: Una aproximación a la controversia

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        Author: de Mesa, Juan

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        Bullfighting is a complex and highly controversial subject that continues to generate passionate discussions in contemporary Spanish society. This essay examines bullfights and bullfighting by examining several arguments and viewpoints related to this tradition. To provide the reader with a global perspective, attention is also given to various historical, cultural, and social elements surrounding bullfighting.

        • Deutsche Touristen und ihre Suche nach Authentizität

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          Author: Kubicz, Charlotte

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          This essay is a study that combines the disciplines of film studies and cultural studies to analyze two contemporary German films “Erleuchtung Garantiert” (2000) and “Kirschblüten” (2008) by the filmmaker Dorris Dörrie. They both depict the pilgrimage of German tourists to Japan in the effort to restore a sense of authenticity to their lives. The study concentrates on the depiction of the encounter between Eastern and Western culture in connection with the theory of “Orientalism” by Edward Saïd. The analysis focuses on the confrontation of the illusory Japanese authenticity, as imagined by the German tourists, and the “real” Japanese authenticity as presented in the movie. This paper argues that although Dörrie criticizes her characters for their stereotypical understanding of Japanese authenticity, she also participates to some extent, in representing Japan’s “reality” in a stereotypical way. The stereotypes that are discussed in this study are those reminiscent of anthropological films about non-Western people and how these films contribute to the curiosity of Western viewers towards the “Other” and the Orient.

          • La Femme brisée, le pouvoir brisé

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            Author: Liuzzi, Jenna A.

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            This essay examines the poem “À Celle qui est trop gaie” by Charles Baudelaire. In addition to examining the original poem in French, I have also included one secondary source to further support my argument. Specifically, the essay discusses Baudelaire’s anger and frustration over his impotence in his rapport with the women he addresses. The woman possesses a power over him, a power that infuriates and impels him to use his poetry to rupture her dominance. Baudelaire verbally dissects the woman’s body and essence, reducing her to merely “parts” of a person, and thus renders her incapable of posing any threat to him. He then seeks to establish his own masculine authority over her using phallic and violent imagery. At the end, we discover that he has reversed the distribution of power; now it is she who must assume the status of impotence that was previously held by Baudelaire.

            • Buongiorno, notte: Dinamiche familiari e la prospettiva dei mass media

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              Author: Susca, Katherine

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              In his film Buongiorno, notte, Marco Bellocchio seeks to represent the kidnapping of Aldo Moro both as a family melodrama and as an analysis of the historical reconstruction of the Moro Case through mass media representations. Bellocchio claims to “have taken certain liberties” with the historical facts of the Moro Case in an effort to pursue his more artistic and sociological investigation, in the tradition of Manzoni. The metamorphosis of the historical revolutionary Laura Braghetti into the traditionally feminine, hesitant, and doubtful character of Chiara, the positioning of Moro as a father figure to his captors, and the insistence upon their quotidian domesticity (as opposed to the extraordinariness of the violent crimes they perpetrate) all indicate an artistic vision of the situation as a conventional family melodrama. Furthermore, this vision is evolved through images of the mass media, including repeated imagery of the mass media, particularly round-the-clock television news coverage, films, and newspapers. This intertextuality functions as an analysis of how modern society constructs and deconstructs its own identity through self-representation. The unusual structure of the film also lends to its analysis through the lens of the New Italian Epic, a literary movement in Italy that is quickly spreading into other artistic areas.

              • List of Readers for Volume V

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                Author: Kelley, Susanne

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                List of Readers

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