RLFR 312 Fall 2014 Francographic Islands (D)

Cross Listed as AFR312, COMP312
Utopia, paradise, shipwreck, abandonment, exile, death. Man's fascination and obsession with the island as place of discovery, beauty and imprisonment stretches across the centuries. In this class, we will read French literary and imagined islands alongside islands constructed by Francophone Caribbean, Indian Ocean and non-Western writers in French. What does the island symbolize in individual, community, national, and imperial imaginations? And how does the island become an agent in discussions of gender, race, modernity and history? Readings will include works by Paul Gauguin, Pierre Loti, Aimé Césaire, Michel Tournier, Ananda Devi, Maryse Condé, Patrick Chamoiseau and Edouard Glissant. Conducted in French.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: active class participation, weekly response papers, midterm essay and final essay
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Prerequisites: open to students who have taken a literature course in RLFR at Williams, or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preference: French majors and certificate candidates, Comparative Literature majors, and Africana Studies concentrators
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Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under RLFR or COMP; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AFR
Divisional Attributes: Division I,Exploring Diversity
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Enrollment Limit: 20
Expected Enrollment: 15
Class Number: 1743
RLFR 312 - 01 (F) SEM Francographic Islands (D) Division 1: Languages and the ArtsExploring Diversity Initiative Katarzyna M. Pieprzak
MR 2:35 PM-3:50 PM Paresky 207 1743
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