Beyond Le Triangle et l’Hexagone: Narrating the (Hi)story and the Self (FRE4612.01)

Maboula Soumahoro

Departing from my book Le Triangle et l’Hexagone: Réflexions sur une identité noire (La Découverte, 2020), the course proposes an analysis of the racial context of contemporary France, at times in comparison with that of the United States. The focus of the course will be set on narrations: historical, sociological and artistic (literature, film, music). Participants to this course will be invited to ponder the perpetual, unsettling movement going between the personal, the intimate and the public and political. How does this tense motion is articulated and translated? Intermediate high. Conducted in French.

Learning Outcomes:
1) Gain a well-informed understanding of the historical, sociological and artistic realities of France
2) Gain confidence in the ability to speak, read and write in French about the racial context of contemporary France.
3) Develop critical thinking and analytical skills through discussions of multidisciplinary texts as well as close textual analysis.
4) Design an academic and/or creative project associated with the issues discussed in class.

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Registration with Noëlle Rouxel-Cubberly (contact:
Corequisites: Attend 2 CLS Series events.
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 4
T/F 10:30AM - 12:20PM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 18
Course Frequency: One time only

Categories: 4000 , All courses , Four Credit , French , Fully In-Person