RLFR 309
Contemporary Short Stories from North Africa Fall 2017
Division I
Cross-listed AFR 307 / RLFR 309
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Short stories are the vibrant center of the literary landscape in North Africa today. Written in French, Arabic and sometimes Amazigh languages, short stories provide timely interventions in political and social discourse. In this course, we will read short stories that use humor and satire to address the effects of globalization on local communities, that experiment with language to portray war and revolution, and that seek to create a new space for the discussion of gender. We will also analyze films, sociological texts and Moroccan, Algerian and Tunisian online newspapers in order to explore contemporary transformations of life in North Africa. Readings by Maissa Bey, Abdelfattah Kilito, Zeina Tabi, Mohamed Zafzaf, Ahmed Bouzfour, Soumaya Zahy and Fouad Laroui among others. Conducted in French.
The Class: Type: seminar/discussion
Limit: 20
Expected: 20
Class#: 1414
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: active class participation, weekly response papers, two short papers, an oral presentation and a final paper
Prerequisites: RLFR 201, 202 or 203 or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: French majors and those with compelling justification for admission
Distributions: Division I
Notes: meets Division 1 requirement if registration is under RLFR; meets Division 2 requirement if registration is under AFR
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
AFR 307 Division I RLFR 309 Division I
Attributes: GBST African Studies Electives

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