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

Fall 2007


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
37740 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
HRH 2.106C

Course Description

This course will examine literary works from both the Maghreb and Subsaharan Africa written mainly since the "postcolonial" period. The authors use fragmentation, creating numerous silences and translate the present political and cultural situation as well as Ancient practices such as rituals, divination systems, orality, tattooing. These ruptures require the participation of the reader in order to comprehend the various references.

We will read the literary texts assigned and analyze the themes treated by the authors, looking as well at key critical essays by Rushdie, Glissant, Khatibi. We will also see a few films to further 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.
The Oral presentation may or may not be related to the topic of the essay required.

     Essay: 75%
     Class participation: 10%
     Oral presentation: 15%



- Kateb YacineNedjma 
- Tchicaya U Tam'SiLes Méduses ou les orties de mer 
- Nabile FaresMémoire de l'absent 
- KouroumaLe soleil des Indépendances 
- Werewere LikingElle sera de jaspe et de corail 
- Boris DiopLes Tambours de la mémoire 
- NganduLa mort faite homme (optional) 
- Edouard GlissantPoétique de la relation. (extracts) 
  - Plus a selection of essays by Fanon, Rushdie, Appiah, Khatibi. 
- Abderrahmane SissakoLa vie sur terre 
- Jean-Pierre BekoloLes saignantes 
- Ousmane SembenePoupée d'argile 


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