Introduction to Francophone Literature and Culture
Academic Year 2018-2019
Taught and examined in English. This course introduces students to the broad range of literature and culture produced in French-speaking countries around the world. We will study a variety of texts and films from five different geographical areas: West Africa, North Africa, the Caribbean, the Indian Ocean and Canada. These will be set in context by discussion of the history of francophonie, and theories of colonialism and post-colonialism, drawing on the work of thinkers such as Franz Fanon, Jean-Paul Sartre and Edward Said. The course will pursue a set of themes through the works studied - principally identity, otherness and language - to suggest that an apparently disparate set of texts and films can in fact be seen to share similar preoccupations and raise similar questions.
Texts/films to be studied in 2018/19:
- Mariama Bâ, Une si longue lettre (1979) - novel (recommended edition: Le Serpent à Plumes, 2001)
- Ousmane Sembène, Xala (1974) - film
- Gillo Pontecorvo, La Bataille d'Alger (1966) - film
- Assia Djebar, Femmes d'Alger dans leur appartement (1980) - short stories (recommended edition: Le Livre de Poche)
- Patrick Chamoiseau, Solibo Magnifique (1991) - novel (recommended edition: Folio)
- Ananda Devi, Moi, L'Interdite (2000) - novel
- Jean-Marc Vallée, C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005) - film
Copies of the films will be made available in A58, the School office.
Dr Joe Ford (firstname.lastname@example.org), room A6, Elvet Riverside I.
Further details of pre-requisites, co-requisites, aims, contact hours and assessment