Advanced undergraduate students may enroll in graduate level courses with instructor permission.
FREN 5540/8540 Topics in Eighteenth Century Literature: Pre-Colonialism: Early French Explorations
The topic of this course is French exploration and attempts at colonization from the beginnings to the Napoleonic era, with a focus on North America. How did Frenchmen perceive what they saw in Canada, Louisiana, and the Caribbean and how did they fit their new experiences into their old paradigms? What did they learn from lifestyle of the native Americans? What was France's strategy in colonizing the Americas and why did it largely fail?
Primary readings include excerpts from exploration journals, ethnological and scientific writings, and reflections on the "New World" by Early Modern philosophers. Secondary readings will include selections of post-colonial theory.
Assignments for Ph.D. students will include one article-length paper that will be rewritten throughout the semester and one oral presentation in the format of a conference paper.
W 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm (Tsien)
FREN 5581/8581 Topics in African Literature and Culture
This course is a survey of 20th century Francophone literature of Africa. Colonial literature and Assimilation; Negritude, Nationalism and Identity; Postcolonial literature; Feminism; Literature and Censorship; Language and Literature; Theatre and ritual performance; and Oral literature as a major inter-text will all be examined through novels, poems, and plays by contemporary African writers in French.
Oral presentations, response papers, and a final research paper are required.
R 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm (Dramé)
FREN 5585/8585 Topics in Civilization/Cultural Studies
« Questioning the archive in Postcolonial Studies? or How do we write cultural history in postcolony? »
This course will question nineteenth century archives in postcolonial francophone studies and their impact in writing cultural history. Colonialism destroyed cultural archives partly or completely. To understand the writing of cultural history in postcolonial contexts, it is urgent to have a better understanding of where the archives are and how we can explore them to write a decolonized cultural history. How do we think the foundation of the archive? What kind of periodization can we imagine? What are the specific questions scholars need to ask when confronted to period of History lacking cultural resources? How can we then fill the gaps left by colonization?
T 3:30 pm – 6:00 pm (Boutaghou)