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FREN2110 - Contesting Frenchness: Francophone Literatures

Value: 0.5 course units
Tutor:
Dr A Haddour
Teaching structure:
Assessment:
one unseen two-hour written examination (100%).


Module Description:

This optional module aims to introduce a selection of texts from twentieth-century
Francophone literature, examining the formal and aesthetic preoccupations of Francophone writings politically contesting Frenchness. This module also explores the engagement of Francophone writers with a range of topics such as alienation, identity, tradition, modernity, colonialism, ethnicity, sexuality, language, bilingualism and biculturalism.

Preparatory Reading and Set Texts:

  • Léopold Sedar Senghor, Anthologie de la nouvelle poésie nègre et malgache
  • J-P Sartre, Orphée noir (PUF, 2005)
  • Aimé Césaire, Une Tempête (Points, 1997)
  • Discours sur le colonialisme (Présence Africaine, 2000)
  • Tahar Ben Jelloun, L’Enfant de sable (Poche, 1995)
  • Frantz Fanon, Peau noire, masques blancs (Poche, 1971)
  • Leïla Sebbar, Une enfance algérienne (Poche, 1999)