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 Damnés de la terre (1961) – Manthia Diawara’s Edouard Glissant: One World in relation (2010)
Léonora Miano’s Saisons de l’ombre (2013) – Mati Diop’s Atlantiques (2019)
Maboula Soumahoro’s Le triangle et l’hexagone (2020) – Alice Diop’s La Mort de Danton (2017)
Maryse Condé’s La traversée de la Mangrove (1992) – Cédric Ido’s La vie de château (2017).
Advanced level. Conducted in French.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 , French
Tags: literature , French , film , critical race theory