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

Spring 2007

FR 358 • African Francophone Literature

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
36340 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
BEN 1.108

Course Description

European colonial rule broke up cultures throughout the African continent, imposing Occidental laws, languages and concepts. In turn, writers from North and sub-Saharan Africa appropriated colonial languages to denounce many injustices.

Over the course of the term, we will be reading key literary African novels which appeared during the 1950s in order to discuss Pan-African struggles, the use of French and their political impact. We will engage in their views on colonization and in their philosophical concepts; seeing a wide range of concerns. To better comprehend the texts analyzed, we will view films and read extracts from theoretical essays.

Grading Policy

Students will be asked to keep up with the reading and writing assignments and are asked to come well prepared to class.

  • Short Papers: 20%
  • mid-term exam: 10%
  • final paper: 30%
  • presentation: 20%
  • class participation: 20%
  • Texts

    Mouloud Mammeri- La colline oubliée
    Mouloud Feraoun- Le fils du pauvre
    Cheikh Hamidou Kane- L'aventure ambiguê
    Ferdinant Oyono- Une vie de boy
    Sembene Ousmane- Les bouts de bois de Dieu

    Secondary Readings
    Aimé Césaire- Discours sur le colonialisme (extracts)
    Albert Memmi- Portrait du colonisé (extracts)
    Frantz Fanon- Les damnés de la terre (extracts)

    Gillo Pontecorvo- The Battle of Algiers
    Sembene Ousmane- Camp de Thiaroye
    Jean-Marie Teno- Afrique, je te plumerai


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