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Durham University

School of Modern Languages and Cultures: French Studies

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.

Co-ordinator:

Dr Joe Ford (joseph.v.ford@durham.ac.uk), room A6, Elvet Riverside I.

Further details of pre-requisites, co-requisites, aims, contact hours and assessment