French popular music



French popular music

First semester

6 credits


100% coursework


FREN2002 or equivalent



Hours per week:

2 hrs/week

Contact hours:

24 hours

Total learning hours:

120 hours

This course is intended for students who have reached an advanced level of proficiency in the language. The course examines a range of key authors and songs that have marked the popular music of the French-speaking world (la Chanson française) from the 1940s to the present day. The discussion will focus on the reception of these texts by the public, the socio-historical context and how, in many instances, particular song lyrics have interacted with and been incorporated into the French language. The literary nature and the cultural dimension of these lyrics will be emphasized throughout the course. Short biographies of important authors will also be examined.


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Learning outcomes

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