FREN4210 - Gender, Race and Sexuality

Value: 0.5 course units
Dr Azzedine Haddour
Teaching structure:
two assessed 3,000 word essays (100%).

Module Description:

In this module, we shall examine the representation of women in Orientalist paintings
by Gérôme and Delacroix, in the ‘erotic’ post cards compiled by Malek Alloula in Le
Harem colonial, in literary texts by André Gide, Albert Camus and Assia Djebar, in
the filmic narrative of Pontecorvo, as well as in the theoretical and critical works of
Frantz Fanon, Pierre Bourdieu and Tahar Ben Jelloun. By focusing on these visual
and textual narratives the aim of this option is to probe and problematise the
intersections of gender, race and sexuality.

Preparatory Reading and Set Texts:

  • André Gide, L’immoraliste.
  • Albert Camus, L’Étranger.
  • Albert Camus, ‘La Femme adultère’.
  • M. Alloula, Le Harem colonial.
  • Pontecorvo, La Bataille d’Alger.
  • Djebar, Femmes d’Alger dans leur appartement.
  • Djebar, L’Amour, la fantasia.

Supplementary reading:

  • Fanon, Peau noire, masques blancs.
  • Fanon, L’An cinq de la révolution algérienne.
  • Bourdieu, Sociologie de l’Algérie.
  • Memmi, Portrait du colonisé précédé du portrait du colonisateur.
  • Tahar Ben Jelloun, Hospitalité française.