Jungle and Desert in Francophone African Literature|
Spring 2020 not offered
|Course Cluster: African Studies, African Studies Minor|
This course analyzes the constellation of images and sensations conjured up by the terms "jungle" and "desert," which are opposite but equally extreme. We will explore European adventure tales and travelogues, contemporary non-Western novels, children's books, and films in a quest to understand the imaginative power of these landscapes.
Through our readings of such a wide range of texts, we will ask questions such as, What do these landscapes signify? How do descriptions of landscape convey a sense of individual and collective identity? What psychological terrain is explored when writing about extreme landscapes? And, finally, how do we each see ourselves in relation to landscape? What is our own version of an "extreme" landscape?
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (FRST-MN)(FRST)(RMST)
Étienne Goyémidé, Le silence de la forêt (1984) [C]
In Koli Jean Bofane, Congo, Inc. (2014)
Tahar Djaout, L'Invention du désert (1987) [C]
Rachid Boudjedra, Timimoun (1997)
Extraits de récits de voyage d'André Gide, Pierre Loti, et autres
Extrait de Heart of Darkness (Au coeur de ténèbres), de Joseph Conrad (1899)
Jean de Brunhoff, Histoire de Babar et Le roi Babar (1931, 1933)
Hergé, Tintin au Congo et Tintin et le Crabe aux pinces d'or (1931, 1941)
Bassek ba Kobhio, 'Le silence de la forêt' (2003)
Raymond Depardon, 'La captive du désert' (1989) ou Nacer Khémir, 'Bab 'Aziz' (2005)
|Examination and Assignments: |
One two-page explication de texte, one 4-5 page paper, one in class presentation, and a final research paper of 7-8pp.
|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 advanced course intended for students who have already taken two courses in French beyond FREN 215 or already studied abroad in a French-speaking country. Readings, written assignments and class discussions will be in French. Only COL students my take this course CR/U. All others must take it for a letter grade. Students who are not admitted to the course through pre-registration are strongly encouraged to submit an enrollment request and attend the first class.
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