Romuald Fonkoua


 French School



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

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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, Summer 2014 Language Schools

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FREN6646 - Youth in Contemp Caribbean Lit      

Childood and Youth in Contemporary Caribbean literature in French Literature

Summer 2012

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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

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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 2012, Summer 2013

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