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French 330 - Francophone Literature: Tradition and Modernity - Fall-12

March 13, 2012

  • Romuald Hazoumé, Ear Splitting, (1999) Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Baule Portrait Mask from Côte d'Ivoire (before 1913), Metropolitan Museum of Art

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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)

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