FR 390N • POSTCOLONIAL FRANCOPHONE AFRICAN LITERATURES
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
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.
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.
Class participation: 10%
Oral presentation: 15%
- Kateb Yacine Nedjma - Tchicaya U Tam'Si Les Méduses ou les orties de mer - Nabile Fares Mémoire de l'absent - Kourouma Le soleil des Indépendances - Werewere Liking Elle sera de jaspe et de corail - Boris Diop Les Tambours de la mémoire - Ngandu La mort faite homme (optional) - Edouard Glissant Poétique de la relation. (extracts)
- Abderrahmane Sissako La vie sur terre - Jean-Pierre Bekolo Les saignantes - Ousmane Sembene Poupée d'argile