20th-Century Franco-Caribbean Literature and the Search for Identity|
Fall 2009 not offered
AFAM 223, AMST 226, COL 225, LAST 220, FGSS 222|
This course investigates how 20th-century Francophone literature from the Caribbean defines Caribbean identity. Through a study of literary texts, films, and paintings from Guadeloupe, Martinique, Haiti, Guyana, and Louisiana, we will explore the evolution of Caribbean self-definition, focusing on the major concepts of Negritude, Antillanite, Creolite, and Louisianitude.
Intercultural Literacy, Interpretation
Students will interpret, speak and write about texts (understood as literary, pictorial, filmic, journalistic etc.) in French written by and about the French-speaking communities of Caribbean origins in the Caribbean, North America (Louisiana, NY, and Québec), and Europe. Students will discuss and compare theories of identity (root identity, rhizome identity, creole identity, multicultural identity, hyphenated identity, diaspora identity etc.)
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AFAM-MN)(AFAM)(AMST)(CBST-MN)(COL)(CSCT)(FGSS)(FRST-MN)(FRST)(LAST)(RMST)
Stephen Alexis, LE NEGRE MASQUE (1933) [if available]
Cesaire, CAHIER D'UN RETOUR AU PAYS NATAL (1939)
Damas, Leon-Gontran, BLACK LABEL (1956)
Schwarz-Bart, Simone, PLUIE ET VENT SUR TELUMEE MIRACLE (1972)
Chamoiseau, Patrick, ENFANCE CREOLE I: ANTAN D'ENFANCE (1990)
Conde, Maryse, TRAVERSEE DE LA MANGROVE (1989)
Additional texts (fiction and theory) by Edouard Glissant, Frantz Fanon, Jean Bernabe, etc.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Several short papers, final paper, oral presentations.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
While any student who has completed FREN 215 (with a minimum grade of B) or has placed out of FREN 215 through the placement test may sign up for this course, it is an introductory course intended for students who have just completed FREN 215 or not taken more than one course in French beyond 215 and not yet studied abroad in a French-speaking country. Readings, written assignments and class discussions will be in French. Only COL students may take this course CR/U. All others must take it for a letter grade.
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