Français 395 — Literature of Francophone Africa
Professeur : D. Kress
In this course we will concentrate on the literature of Francophone west Africa with a special emphasis on the literary production of Senegal. This domain of French literature, little studied until recently, has produced some of the richest prose and verse in modern French. We will attempt to arrive at an understanding of the ideas that shaped the literature of post colonial Africa so that we may more justly appreciate the writings produced in some the forty-one countries where French is the recognized language. Historically the thrust of French studies has tended to minimize the importance of the literature produced in the third world; today the eighty million French-speaks who live outside of France are producing much of the most vital work in the language. Recognizing the impossibility of studying the literature of every Francophone country, we will focus on a few authors whose work links our world to that of Sub-Saharan Africa.
Grading for French 395
Grading for FLNG 473
French minors will not be expected to show the same mastery of the material as French majors. In a similar way, those who are enrolled in this course as a senior seminar will be graded more rigorously than other students.
Your paper should analyze a poem, play, or novel from a Marxist or post-colonial point of view. An explication or commentaire de texte is not acceptable. Papers must be typed and at least seven pages in length.
Oral exam for FLNG 473
Students enrolled in this course for senior seminar
will give a thirty minute oral presentation.
I. Semaine du 21 au 25 août
II. Semaine du 28 août au 1 septembre
III. Semaine du 4 au 8 septembre
IV. Semaine du 11 au 15 septembre
V. Semaine du 18 au 22 septembre
VI. Semaine du 25 au 29 septembre
VII. Semaine du 2 au 6 octobre
VIII. Semaine du 9 au 13 octobre
IX. Semaine du 16 au 20 octobre
X. Semaine du 23 au 27 octobre
XI. Semaine du 30 octobre au 3 novembre
XII. Semaine du 6 au 10 novembre
XIII. Semaine du 13 au 17 novembre
Semaine du 20 au 24 novembre Thanksgiving Break
XIV. Semaine du 27 novembre au 1 décembre
XV. Semaine du 4 au 8 décembre
Vendredi le 8 décembre : Dernier jour de classes !