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~~ATTENTION FRENCH LITERARY ENTHUSIASTS~~

MASKS AND MANDATES:

PERCEPTIONS OF AND REACTIONS TO RACE IN COLONIAL AND POST-COLONIAL FRENCH

 

This course examines works about perceptions of racial experience and racial difference in French-language authors.  It studies colonial-era works in the optic of whiteness studies (a hot current topic in the French university system termed blanchité) and works by West African and North African authors examining racial experience during the colonial period and outside of it, including the blackness poetry movement in reference to the socio-politico-literary movement of pan-Africanism. While the literary works examined in this course include shorter works by Gustave Flaubert, Albert Camus, Kamel Daoud, Léopold Sedar Senghor, and Vénus Khoury-Ghata, there will also be short excerpts from works by French-language race theorists including Alain Grosrichard, Franz Fanon and Aimé Cesaire.

 

Students can sign up for the full course or a three-week portion of the class.

 

September 21-October 5

L’Etranger by Camus

October 12-26

Merseault, Contre-Enquete by Daoud

November 9-23

Works by Aimé Cesaire and Léopold Sedar Senghor, and Franz Fanon

November 30-December 14

Works by Gustave Flaubert, Alain Grosrichard and Vénus Khoury-Ghata

 

Tuition is $30 for each session OR $110 for all 4 sessions.

Contact Anne Babson for additional information at anne_babson@yahoo.com

 

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