COMP 312
Francographic Islands Fall 2014
Division I Exploring Diversity Initiative
Cross-listed RLFR 312 / COMP 312 / AFR 312
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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.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 20
Expected: 15
Class#: 1747
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: active class participation, weekly response papers, midterm essay and final essay
Prerequisites: open to students who have taken a literature course in RLFR at Williams, or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: French majors and certificate candidates, Comparative Literature majors, and Africana Studies concentrators
Distributions: Division I Exploring Diversity Initiative
Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under RLFR or COMP; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AFR
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
RLFR 312 Division I COMP 312 Division I AFR 312 Division I

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