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—La Bruyère

French 151A: Francophone Literature — Francophone Journeys

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Course Description:

In this course, we will read a number of texts produced by writers with ties to the Caribbean, West Africa, and North Africa, as well as to France.  Each of these texts stages a journey of some kind—one-way or round trip, real or imagined, in or out of various colonial, postcolonial, and metropolitan locations.  As we discuss these narratives of displacement, we will pay particular attention to the dynamics of power that structure the movement of colonial and postcolonial subjects, as well as the coming into contact of different cultures, languages, religions, and histories.

Readings will include: AimĂ© CĂ©saire, Cahier d’un retour au pays natal; Ousmane SocĂ©, Mirages de Paris; Cheik Hamidou Kane, L’aventure ambigĂĽe; Ousmane Sembène, “La Noire de…”; LeĂŻla Sebbar, ShĂ©razade; Gisèle Pineau, L’exil selon Julia; Alain Mabanckou, Bleu blanc rouge.

Prerequisites:

French 102 or equivalent.

Additional Information:

Satisfies one “Culture” or one “Elective” course requirement in the French Major.   Satisfies one course requirement in the French minor.  Satisfies College of Letters and Science breadth requirement in Arts and Literature or International Studies.

 

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