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David Birdsong, Chair 201 W 21ST STREET STOP B7600, HRH 2.114A, AUSTIN, TX 78712 • 512-471-5531

Fall 2006

FR 390N • Contemporary African Literature

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
37165 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
HRH 2.106C

Course Description

Caribbean and African "Francophone" Literatures:
Transatlantic links and differences

This course will examine literary works of the Caribbean and sub-Saharan Africa from both the colonial and postcolonial period. We will be looking at the various treatments of similar themes (exile, displacement, "errancy") and be analyzing the different positions taken around the notion of identity. We will try to comprehend the many connections as well as differences between Africa and the Caribbean and between writers by studying in depth the literary works and examining key critical essays written on colonization, identity, creolisation. We will also see a few films to enrich our discussions.

Grading Policy

Students will be asked to keep up with the reading assignments and participate in class discussions.

For those outside the French Department, translations may be read.

  • Essays: 75%
  • Class participation: 10%
  • Oral presentation: 15%
  • Texts

    READINGS: - Aimé Césaire, Cahier d'un Retour au Pays Natal
    - Senghor Choix de poêmes (Packet)
    - Daniel Maximin Isolé Soleil
    - Jean Metellus Au pipirite chantant (extract)
    - Jol DesRosiers Vétiver (extract)
    - Maryse Condé Moi Tituba, sorciêre & Noire de Salem
    - Tchicaya U Tam'Si Les Méduses ou les orties de mer
    - Emile Ollivier Passages
    SECONDARY READINGS: - Ki-Zerbo,Histoire de l'Afrique noire (extract)
    - Césaire, Discours sur le colonialisme (extract)
    - Glissant, Le discours antillais (extract)
    - Glissant , Introduction à une poétique du divers (extract)
    - Depestre, Le métier à métisser (extract)
    - Bernabé, Chamoiseau, Eloge de la créolité Confiant
    FILMS: - Euzhan Palcy Aimé Césaire: Une voix pour l'histoire
    - Christian Lara Sucre Amer
    - Cheick Oumar Sissoko La Genêse


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