Courses offered in the past four years.
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FREN 6622 - Francophone Cinema 1969-2012
Francophone Cinema and the Question of Autonomy (1969-2012)* Civ Cul & Soc
Summer 2011, Summer 2014 Language Schools
FREN 6623 - Hist in French Caribbean Lit
This course studies the period of post-colonial literary history of Caribbean and French West Indies literatures through the famous novels of Patrick Chamoiseau (Texaco), Maryse Condé (Moi, Tituba, sorcière noire de Salem), Dany Laferrière (Pays sans chapeau) and Gisèle Pineau (L’exil selon Julia). The narratives of these francophone writers examine the problems of identity of the people born in the Caribbean (Haiti, Guadeloupe or Martinique) trying to deal with ideologies of liberation or progress. We will analyze anti-colonial figures (both men and women) and aspects of the Creole language in these works of art.
1) Patrick Chamoiseau, Texaco, ISBN-13 : 9782070727506
2) Maryse Condé, Moi tituba sorcière, ISBN-13: 978-2070379293;
3) Dany Laferrière, Pays sans chapeau, ISBN-13 : 9782842612696
4) Gisèle Pineau, Chair Piment, ISBN-13 : 9782070315482 Literature
Summer 2013, Summer 2014 Language Schools
FREN 6646 - Youth in Contemp Caribbean Lit
Childood and Youth in Contemporary Caribbean literature in French Literature
FREN 6649 - 20C Fr Caribbean Geog & Lit
Geography and Literature in the Twentieth Century French Caribbean
Since the birth of the Afro-Caribbean French literature (novel and poetry specifically), authors always considered geography and/or topography as a central issue. This might include the physical relationship with nature as well as the conditions of their lives.
Texts: 1) Texaco, Paris, Gallimard, 1992 [Folio, ISBN 9-782070-389520]; 2) Adèle et la pacotilleuse, Paris, Mercure de France, 2005 [Gallimard, Folio, ISBN 9-782070-342242]; 3) Pluie et vent sur Télumée-Miracle, Paris, Seuil, 1972 [Point, ISBN 9-782020-239256]; 4) Le discours antillais, Paris, Gallimard, 1981 [Folio, ISBN 9-782046-722224] Literature
FREN 6675 - Literary Theory and Criticism
In order to understand the various methodologies that make literary analysis possible (French literary criticism, the history of literary criticism and of comparative literary criticism) this course examines the history of criticism understood here as a “science of texts” with a focus on genre, form and discourse.
The approach will be both diachronic and synchronic. As we follow the development of literary criticism over the centuries, we will focus on such critical notions as text, author, reader, style, etc.to determine their scope, interest, and relevance.
Antoine COMPAGNON, Le démon de la théorie, ISBN-13: 978-27578420
Yves CHEVREL, La Littérature comparée, ISBN-13: 978-2130574996 Literature
Summer 2015 Language Schools
FREN 6731 - Intro Hist of Francophone Wrld
Introduction to the History of the Francophonie
This course is a general history of the Francophonie. It aims to show the differences between a geopolitical approach and a literary approach of the Francophonie. On the one hand, it focuses on the expansion of the French language in the world, from the European Renaissance to the postcolonial period, to concentrate on the birth of the OIF (Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie) in the middle of the twentieth century and to show the specific problems the member countries have to face (education, culture, wars) and the structural supports developed in education, culture and civilization (literature, cinema, language areas). On the other hand, it focuses on specific literary notions (colonialism, anticolonialism, nationalism, immigration); current problems (the translation in European languages); or contemporary debates (the role of the francophone writer in the word today) in francophone literatures.
Required text :
Dominique Combe, Littératures francophones, ISBN : 978-2-13-056845-2 Civ Cul & Soc
Summer 2015 Language Schools
FREN 6742 - Cinema of Minorities
Cultures and documents on the Screen. The Cinema of Minorities in the postcolonial Era / Cultures et documents à l’écran. Le cinéma des minorités dans l’ère postcoloniale
Since the birth of the Pan-African film festival of Ouagadougou, FESPACO (1969), French African and Caribbean filmmakers have addressed their histories, invented their own images, and shown their personal / internal points of view. With the films of Ousmane Sembène (La noire de…), Abderrahmane Sissako (Heremakhono), Med Hondo (Sarraounia), Souleymane Cissé (Finyé), Jean-Pierre Dikongué Pipa (Muna Moto), Euzan Palcy (Rue Cases nègres), Guy Deslauriers (Biguine) or Jean-Pierre Bekolo (Quartier Mozart) – among many others – we will examine the variety of approaches and the significance of autonomy in the post-colonial era. This will include the invention of black continental history because of colonization or slavery, political reflections because of African experiences of independence and cultural aesthetics stemming from conflicts with European civilization. Civ Cul & Soc
Summer 2012, Summer 2013