RLFR 232 Spring 2015 Love, Sex, Madness in Afro-diasporic Women's Writings

Cross Listed as AFR232
This course explores the themes of love, sex, and madness in fiction and films by and/or about women of African descent. From the Caribbean to West Africa, from Europe to the US, these three themes function as the lenses through which women have challenged traditional ideas of citizenship, family, gender roles and political power. What, for example, is the connection between the Duvalier regime in Haiti and women's sexual desire? How does the figure of "the mad Creole woman" challenge the exportation of Victorian values to the Caribbean? How might an African woman's body be read as a site of anticolonial resistance? These are some of the questions we will work through as we examine works by Marie Vieux-Chauvet, Maryse Condé, Toni Morrison, Zora Neale Hurston, Tsitsi Dangarembga, and Chimamanda Adichie. Conducted in English. For students seeking RLFR credit, select readings will be in French, and written work will be in French.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: active class participation, weekly reading response papers, a 5- to 7-page paper and final project
Additional Info: may not be taken on a pass/fail basis; not available for the Gaudino option
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Prerequisites: none
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: 20
Class Number: 3983
RLFR 232 - 01 (S) SEM Love, Sex, Madness Division 1: Languages and the Arts Annette K. Joseph-Gabriel
TF 1:10 PM-2:25 PM Schapiro Hall 241 3983
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