FRE 332H1S

Francophone Literatures


J. Loui


This course offers an introduction to literatures and cultures of the Francophone world from the 1950s to the present. In examining fiction from Africa or the Caribbean, it will emphasize the linguistic, aesthetic and discursive specificities as represented by French-speaking authors from former colonies. More importantly, it will determine the ways in which writers from the Francophone world have developed distinctive cultural forms that challenge French canons and colonial thoughts in order to express shifting and complex identities. Among issues addressed are slavery, colonialism, representation, alienation and cultural nationalism which reveal the anxieties of minority groups in a global world.

Required texts:  

-              Césaire, Aimé, Une Tempête, Paris : Seuil, 1969

-              Condé, Maryse, Histoire de la femme cannibale, Paris : Gallimard, 2005

-              Kourouma, Ahmadou, En attendant le vote des bêtes sauvages. Paris : Éditions du Seuil, 1998.

-              Bouraoui, Nina, La voyeuse interdite, Paris: Gallimard, 1991

Assignments and evaluation:  


The Department takes into account the quality of students' French as one of the criteria in the evaluation of assignments and examinations.   A minimum of 20% of the grade will be allocated to this aspect of written assignments.



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