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FREN 3427 - African Tales
In this course, you will discover the universe of the African Tale. Tales are one of the main pedagogical tools in the African culture which is characterized by its oral tradition. Tales develop your imagination, enable you to master the language and help you understand the aesthetic and moral values that regulate the functioning of the society.
It has been passed down from the great traditional storytellers (the elderly and the griots). This course will be dedicated to the studying of the particular framework of the African tales. Moreover you will be taught how to read and write tales through the analysis of some classics.
Here is the list of the books that will be studied in the program:
-Kaydara de Hampâthé Bâ
-Petit Bodiel de hampâthé Bâ
- Les contes d’Amadou Koumba de Birago Diop
-Leuk- le lièvre de Senghor et Sadji
FREN 6647 - Oral Tradition in African Lit
Initiation à la tradition orale africaine / Introduction to African Traditional Oral Literature
This course is intended for students who wish to explore the fundamentals of the African oral tradition. Indeed it is impossible to understand the African Francophone literature if you ignore the traditional patrimony kept alive by the storytellers and the griots.
The course is divided in three parts:
1) The fundamental myths among the Dogons, the Fulanis, the Bambaras, the Bantus. Who has created the World, and what are the links which binds Mankind to Nature and the Gods?
2) The different forms of speech: the epics, the tales, the proverbs, and the riddles
3) The influence of the oral tradition on the novel and African Francophone cinema
Les Contes initiatiques peuls, Ba, Stock
Maxi Proverbes Africains, Cabakulu, Marabou
Les Contes d’Amadou Koumba, Diop, 61
Soundjata or L’Epopee Mandingue, Niane, 60
La Belle Historie de Leuk-le-Lièvre, Senghor/ Sadji, FR Poc
Summer 2010, Summer 2011
FREN 6724 - Life & Work Amadou Hampate Ba
In Africa when an old man dies it is a library burning. This world renowned adage is from Amadou Hampate Ba. This Malian scholar, modern and traditional at the same time, has not only preserved the African cultural heritage but he has also transformed and modernized it. Moreover he made it easier to understand for the current generations. His work encompassed many fields of the African culture from history to linguistics, including religion, oral tradition, and francophone literature. As a devout muslim following the Sufism trend he was also taught the Fulani and Bambara beliefs. Speaking French and Arabic fluently and 10 other languages Hampate Ba typifies the current and the traditional African culture. In this course we will study the life and the work of this exceptional man by exploring the different stages of his life: he was the assistant of the French humanist scholar Theodore Monod, he was appointed to the French institute of black Africa, obtained a Unesco grant and was at one point the ambassador of his country. And by studying the essential of his work: his essays on the Fulani and Bambara myths and through some of his most popular books like The Life and Education of Tierno Bokar, the Sage of Bandiagara, dedicated to the life of a famous wise muslim from Mali , The Strange Destiny of Wangrin ( a picaresque novel) and the fula child (autobiographical recital).
Required books: 1) H. Ba - Amkoullel, l'enfant peul; Editions 84 (2000); 2) H. Ba - Vie et enseignement de Tierno Bokar , Editions Seuil, Paris (2004); 3) H. Ba - L'étrange destin de Wangrin, Editions Nathan (2000) Paris.Literature