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

Fall 2004


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
34845 TTh
11:00 AM-12:30 PM

Course Description

THIS COURSE HAS BEEN CANCELLED - PLEASE CHECK WITH DEPARTMENT FOR DETAILS This course will examine in translation contemporary North and sub-Saharan African literary texts written in French. Over the course of the term, we will be studying important works from Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, Ivory Coast, the Democratic Republic of Congo. We will acquire the necessary tools to ground our analyses by looking at a selection of theoretical essays on postcolonial struggles; exile and alienation; disillusion; role of women; juxtaposition of traditional and contemporary approaches; use of French language. We will also see several films to enrich our discussions.

Grading Policy

Students need to participate fully in class discussions, keep up with reading and writing assignments as this is a substantial writing component course. The writing activities must total at least 16 double-spaced pages (about 4000 words). 2 short essays (4-5 pages on assigned topics): 100 pts Midterm exam: 50 pts Presentation (on material read for class): 50 pts 1 final paper (8 pages): 100 pts Homework, participation, attendance, improvement : 100 pts Total: 400pts


Readings: - Tahar ben Jelloun, The sand child - V.Y. Mudimbe, Before the birth of the Moon - André Chedid, The Multiple child - Ahmadou Kourouma, The Suns of Independence - Assia Djebar, Fantasia; an Algerian Cavalcade FILMS: - Nouri Bouzid Bent Familia - Sembene Ousmane Faat Kine - Djibril Diop Mambety Hyenas


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