French 330 - Francophone Literature: Tradition and Modernity - Fall-12
March 13, 2012
French 330 - Francophone Literature: Tradition and Modernity
In this course we will explore the notion of la francophonie, both in terms of its historical roots and in terms of what it means today. While Léopold Sédar Senghor, the poet and first president of independent Senegal, described French in 1962 as “this beautiful tool found in the ruins of the colonial regime,” other writers and intellectuals have found their relationship with the French language to be much more vexing. Through the lens of the conflict between tradition and modernity, we will examine a variety of Francophone fiction, essays, autobiography, and poetry, as well as representative works of cinema and art. Authors to be studied may include Tahar Ben Jelloun, Maryse Condé, Assia Djebbar, Ahmadou Kourouma, and Leïla Sebbar. Films to be studied may include works by Rachid Bouchareb, Mehdi Charef, Claire Denis, Djibril Diop Mambéty, and Ousmane Sembène.
Taught by Prof. Philippe Brand
MWF 9:10-10:10 am
Prerequisite: French 321 or consent of instructor
French 330 counts as an elective toward the French Studies major and Foreign Languages major (French as a primary language)