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

Fall 2009

FR 382L • STDS IN CIV OF FR-SPEAK WORLD

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
37035 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
HRH 2.106C
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Course Description

This course will be looking at the discussions, tensions, artistic creations (film and literature) around the question of identity and cultural intertwinements in France through the African diaspora. This will bring us to analyze the position of writers and filmmakers on exile and alterité (otherness). To ground class discussions, we will be looking at a wide range of articles from Le Monde Diplomatique, Le Courrier, Libération, etc. that will explain some of the frustrations lived by an important part of the population. We will then be looking at present works, which tackle burning subjects such as exclusion, alienation, discrimination.

The themes of Politics, Culture, and Identity will be explored through recent films and texts

Class is taught in French.

Grading Policy

Students will be asked to keep up with the reading assignments and fully participate in class discussions as well as prepare oral presentations.

Essay: 70%
Class participation: 15%
Oral presentation: 15%

Texts

Political analysis:
Le Monde Diplomatique
Le Courrier International
Libération
Walfadri
Works by Domic Thomas, Michel Laronde, Azouz Begag
Films:
Ruggia Le Gone du Chaaba
Kechiche La graine et le mulet
Kechiche L'esquive
Sissako Heremakono
Allouache Harragas (if it is available)
Literature:
Marie Ndiaye En famille
Tahar ben Jelloun Cette aveuglante absence de lumière
Azouz Begag Le Marteau pique-coeur
Fatou Diome Le ventre de l'Atlantique
Rachid Djaidani Boumkoeur

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