GBST 306
Transcending Boundaries: The Creation and Evolution of Creole Cultures Fall 2023
Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Cross-listed AFR 306 / RLFR 320 / COMP 310

Class Details

Born out of a history of resistance, Creole cultures transcend racial boundaries. This course provides a comprehensive framework for understanding the creation of Creole nations in various parts of the world. Beginning with an examination of the dark history of slavery and French colonialism, we will reflect upon the cultural transformation that took place when people speaking mutually unintelligible languages were brought together. We will then delve into the study of how deterritorialized peoples created their languages and cultures, distinct from the ones imposed by colonizing forces. As we journey from the past to the present, we will also explore how international events such as a worldwide pandemic, social justice, racism, and police brutality are currently affecting these islands. Potential readings will include prominent authors from different Creole-speaking islands, including Frantz Fanon and Aimé Césaire from Martinique, Maryse Condé from Guadeloupe, Ananda Devi from Mauritius and Jacques Roumain from Haiti. Conducted in French with introductions to different creoles.
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 18
Expected: 15
Class#: 1160
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: Active class participation, three papers (of 3-4 pages each), presentation, final research paper (7-8 pages)
Prerequisites: Any RLFR 200-level course or above, or by permission of instructor.
Enrollment Preferences: All are welcome. If overenrolled, preference will be given to French majors and certificate students; Comparative Literature majors; Africana Studies students; Global Studies students; and those with compelling justification for admission
Distributions: Division II Difference, Power, and Equity
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
GBST 306 Division II AFR 306 Division II RLFR 320 Division I COMP 310 Division I
DPE Notes: This course qualifies for a Difference, Power, and Equity requirement because it examines the history of slavery as related to French colonialism in different parts of the world. It also considers International issues of social justice, racism and police brutality.

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