French 121: European Francophone Identities (The Example of Switzerland)

Instructor: Jean-Claude Carron

A study of political, social and cultural identity through the language question in countries bordering France, part of what is sometimes called “Francophonie blanche,” or “white Francophony”.  French is a minority language in Switzerland, Belgium, and, historically, in the Aosta Region of Northern Italy. We will look into the status of French in all three areas, but we will dedicate most of the course to Switzerland, multi-language land by excellence.  Taught in French.