RLFR 205 Spring 2015 France Noire

In this course we will study the lives and times of a variety of people who self-identify and are identified as "Black" or "Noir," people for whom France has been (and continues to be) a site of exile, immigration, and a contested home. How have understandings of "blackness," "race," and belonging diverged and converged for people of African descent throughout France's changing political history? How has the Black diaspora in France impacted French ideas of nation, identity and citizenship? We will examine these questions through literature and film from the 19th and early 20th centuries, with some colonial and postcolonial interventions. Readings and films by Mme de Duras (France), Aimé Césaire (Martinique), Josephine Baker (US), Ousmane Sembène (Senegal) and Bernard Dadié (Côte d'Ivoire). Conducted in French.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: active class participation, two short 5-page papers, in-class presentation and final 10-page paper
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Prerequisites: RLFR 105 or above, or by permission of instructor
Enrollment Preference: given to French and Africana Studies majors and concentrators
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Divisional Attributes: Division I
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Enrollment Limit: 20
Expected Enrollment: 15
Class Number: 3974
RLFR 205 - 01 (S) SEM France Noire Division 1: Languages and the Arts Annette K. Joseph-Gabriel
MR 2:35 PM-3:50 PM Schapiro Hall 241 3974
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