Vive l’Afrance! This film title (Gomis, 2001) summarizes the goal of this course: an exploration of the rich variety of shared and conflicting francophone identities. Constructed within or outside of France, the identities studied in this course will encompass West African, French, and/or Caribbean spaces. The discussion of notions such as « créolisation » and « déterritorialisation/ reterritorialisation » will allow students to develop their linguistic, cultural and critical skills. Each unit will consist of the study of a book and a film, studied in conversation with one another:
Franz Fanon’s Les Damnés de la terre (1961) – Manthia Diawara’s Edouard Glissant: One World in relation (2010): Oct 22, 26, Nov 2, 5
Léonora Miano’s La saison de l’ombre (2013) – Mati Diop’s Atlantique (2019): Nov 5, 9, 12, 16
Maboula Soumahoro’s Le triangle et l’hexagone (2020) – Alice Diop’s La Mort de Danton (2017): Nov 16, 19, 23, 30
Maryse Condé’s La traversée de la Mangrove (1992) – Cédric Ido’s La vie de château (2017): Nov 30, Dec 3, 7, 10
This course can be taken for 1, 2, 3 or 4 credits – each unit will be worth one credit.
Advanced level. Conducted in French.Delivery Method: Hybrid in-person and remote, with faculty remote
Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor.
Course Level: 4000-level
M/Th 8:30AM-12:10PM (2nd seven weeks)
Maximum Enrollment: 18
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years
Categories: All courses , Updates , French
Tags: literature , French , film , critical race theory