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

Spring 2005


Unique Days Time Location Instructor
33940 TH
2:00 PM-5:00 PM
BEN 1.106

Course Description

We will be studying plays written in French from North and sub-Saharan African authors, examining the treatment of similar themes that denounce in many cases the violent and absurd political context. Over the course of the term, we will analyze the use of theatrical devices, discussing the history of francophone African theatre and the different approaches. Theatre is a powerful mode of expression that involves stage setting, interactions of actors, costumes, in certain instances music and dance. Writers incorporate ancient procedures such as rituals (use of masks), village performances, adapting them to present needs and concepts, staging at times an inner quest as well as raising a variety of disturbing questions.

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: 50% Class participation: 25% Oral presentation: 25%


READINGS: - Kateb Yacine, Les Ancêtres redoublent de férocité. - Assia Djebar, Rouge l'aube. - Sony Labou Tansi, Je soussigné cardiaque. - Sony LaBou Tansi, La parenthèse de sang. - Tchicaya U Tam'Si, Le Zulu. - Tchicaya U Tam'Si, Le Destin glorieux du maréchal Nnikon, Nniku - Werewere Liking, Un Touareg s'est marié à une Pygmée. - Abdelwahab Meddeb, La gazelle et l'enfant. SECONDARY READINGS: - John Conteh-Morgan, Theatre and Drama in Francophone Africa. - Marie-José Hourantier, Du Rituel au theatre-rituel.


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