AFR 226
Black France/France Noire Spring 2018 Division II; Exploring Diversity Initiative; Cross-listed as RLFR226 / AFR226
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On the eve of the new millennium, the year 1998 saw the emergence in France of “Black studies à la française” (Ndiaye). Inspired, in part, by the 150th anniversary of the 1848 abolition of slavery, the French black minority “made itself more visible” (Faes and Smith). This course examines a wide range of discursive practices through which athletes, artists, authors, politicians, activists, and scholars amplified their voices in the French hexagone. It retraces the rise of these discourses and how they assert, reframe, and establish blackness as a legitimate field of knowledge and a space of contestation. Following a study of the interwar period (1918-1939), when the work of “negritude women” (Sharpley-Whiting) such as “afro-latinité” spurred the negritude movement, we will discuss publications, documentaries, and seminal moments of protest in the early twenty-first century. Course material may include works by Suzanne Césaire, Jane and Paulette Nardal, Aimé Césaire, Frantz Fanon, Achille Mbembé, Françoise Vergès, Pascal Blanchard, Nicolas Bancel and Sandrine Lemaire, Pap Ndiaye, Gaston Kelman, Rokhaya Diallo, Alice Diop, Léonora Miano, and Fabienne and Véronique Kanor. Conducted in French.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 20
Expected: 12
Class#: 3412
Requirements/Evaluation: response papers, midterm paper, TV show, colloquium
Extra Info: not available for the fifth course option
Prerequisites: RLFR 201, 202, or 203, or by permission of instructor
Enrollment Preference: French and Africana Studies concentrators
Distributions: Division II; Exploring Diversity Initiative;
Distribution Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under RLFR; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AFR

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