AFR 204 Introduction to Francophone Studies (D)

Last offered Fall 2013

Cross Listed as RLFR203
The Francophone world, stretching across Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, the Caribbean and the Americas, has often been described as a family joined by a shared language and condition born of colonial history. Through fiction and film, this course will examine what it means to be Francophone, and how writers and filmmakers from the Francophone world have approached the idea of family both literally and metaphorically in order to explore questions of identity, origins, colonialism, resistance, nationhood and interconnectedness in a global community. This course invites students to enter into critical engagement with cultural constructions of difference, colonial and post-colonial constructions of subjectivity, culturally contested imaginations and treatment of gender and race, and the very idea of the Francophone itself. Authors we will read include: Driss Chraibi (Morocco), Dany Laferrière (Haiti), Maryse Condé (Guadeloupe), Aimé Césaire (Martinique), Linda Lê (Vietnam) and Fatou Diome (Senegal). Films studied include Moolaadé (Ousmane Sembène), La vie sur terre (Abderrahman Sissoko) and Abouna (Mahamet-Saleh Haroun). Conducted in French.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: active class participation, informal response papers, two short papers, and final paper
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Prerequisites: RLFR 105 or above or results of the College Placement Examination, or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preference: French majors or certificate candidates, and Africana Studies concentrators
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under RLFR; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AFR
Divisional Attributes: Division I,Exploring Diversity
Other Attributes: INST African Studies Electives,INST Borders, Exiles + Diaspora Studies Electives
Enrollment Limit: 20
Expected Enrollment: 20
Class Number: 1819
AFR 204 SEM Intro to Francophone Studies (D) Division 1: Languages and the ArtsExploring Diversity Initiative Katarzyna M. Pieprzak
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