Romuald Fonkoua


 Sunderland Language Center



Course List: 

Courses offered in the past four years.
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FREN6622 - Francophone Cinema 1969-2012      

Francophone Cinema and the Question of Autonomy (1969-2012)* Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2014 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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FREN6623 - 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.

Required Text:
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, LS 6 Week Session, Summer 2014 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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FREN6670 - Writing & Painting: 20 & 21C      

Francophone Painting and Writing in the 20th and 21st Century

African and Caribbean history of painting in the 20th and 21st centuries could be subdivided into two periods. This course examines both of them.
The first one is that of illustration. Novels of Francophone poets like Cesaire, Senghor and Damas were illustrated by Picasso, Lam, Chagall or Masereel.
The second period is that of local creation. Since the well-known First World Festival of Negro Arts in 1966 where Senghor and Cesaire advocated the relationship between identity and art, we have known the birth of the « School of Dakar » (with Pape Ibra Tall), or « School of Poto-Poto Brazzaville » (with Guy Léon Fylla). They developed along paintings from Haiti (with Wilson Bigaud or Préfète Duffaut) or from Martinique and Guadeloupe.
The approach will be geographic, diachronic and synchronic. As we follow the development of Arts during the two centuries, we will focus on some great figures of painters and their role in the evolution of this art in African and Caribbean areas.
Texts and paintings will be shown in class. The main centerpieces will be Picasso & Cesaire, Corps perdu, Lam & Césaire, « Annonciation » ; Chagall & Senghor, Lettres d’hivernage and the Masters paintings of Haiti, Africa and Caribbean. Civ Cul & Soc

Summer 2016 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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FREN6675 - 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.

Required texts:
- Antoine COMPAGNON, Le démon de la théorie, ISBN-13: 978-27578420
- Jérôme ROGER, La critique littéraire, ISBN-13: 978-2200352042 Literature

Summer 2015 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session, Summer 2016 Language Schools, LS 6 Week Session

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FREN6742 - 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 2013, LS 6 Week Session

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