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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - FRW5755
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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2005-01-10
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  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2004-02-26
  2. Department: World Language Education
  3. College: AS
  4. Budget Account Number: 1241-000-00
  5. Contact Person: Gaëan Brulotte
  6. Phone: 9742782
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: FRW
  9. Number: 5755
  10. Full Title: African & Caribbean Literature
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): African & Caribbean Literature
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: A survey of French Literature
  23. Corequisites: none
  24. Course Description: An overview of the main representative literary works in French from North and SubSahara Africa as well as the Caribbean. Open to non-majors and not repeatable for credit. Course taught in French.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: This addition will confirm our already existing graduate offering and will appear in the catalog as a regular course. It will attract more students in our graduate program and show its diversity.

    This course addresses an area of increasing importance to

  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? The issue of cultural diversity and a knowledge of other cultural areas is already part of other universities’ curricula, and our students need this background before graduating to give them an extra asset on the job market. Francophone studies and postcolonial issues are areas of research of increasing importance in American academia.

    This course will also service the History program as well as English (Comparative Literature), Anthropology, Philosophy, Humanities, International Studies, Social Sciences, Linguistics.

  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? The course has been offered 3 times since its creation in 1998 as a Selected Topics course.
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) Fluent knowledge of French language and culture, as well as of Francophone cultures outside of France. Knowledge of postcolonial issues is also a must. PhD in relavent French field.
  29. Objectives: The main purpose of the course is to give an overview of Francophone Literature in North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean. It will introduce students to the most representative literary works of these areas and will familiarize them with the major authors of these cultures. It will also raise contemporary social issues through the study of literature.

    The course will seek to broaden students’ horizons by exposing them to international perspectives, since 52 countries or other political divisions are members of "Francophonie" and all deal with the ever present question of their individual relationship to France. It is especially true of regions covered in this course.

    The course will study linguistic, cultural and political problems as they are reflected in literature and which are related to: 1) the cultural impact of colonialism; 2) the different stages of integration or rejection of colonialism; 3) postcolonial issues.

    The course will help students understand the main artistic innovations that African and Caribbean Francophone literature have brought to the world.

  30. Learning Outcomes: 1.Understand the nature of Francophone literatures from Africa and the Caribbean are about in such countries or areas as Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Senegal, Cameron, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Haiti, Martinique, Guadeloupe, French Guyana;

    2.Have an excellent knowledge of the major representative authors of these areas in all literary genres (poetry, novel, drama and essays);

    3.Understand the common ground of, and differences between, the diverse literatures of these areas;

    4.Understand the aesthetic, linguistic, cultural and political problems that the literatures of these areas reflect;

    5.Describe leading the role of France and Quebec in the development of these literatures and the problems that this relationship creates;

    6.Differentiate French literature on Africa and the Caribbean from the diverse African and Caribbean literatures;

    7.Understand the concepts of "negritude", colonialism and postcolonialism.

  31. Major Topics: North African Literature: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia. History and criticism

    Sub-Saharan Literature: Senegal, Cameron, Ivory Coast, Guinea. History and criticism

    Indian Ocean Literature: Madagascar. History and criticism

    Caribbean Literature: Haiti, Martinique, Guadeloupe, Guyana. History and criticism

    Colonialism and Postcolonialism. Colonization and decolonization in literature

    National identity and nationalism in literature

    Language and culture

    Cultural hybridity

    African civilization of the 20th century

  32. Textbooks: 1 Camara Laye L'Enfant noir Presses Pocket 2-266-02312-8

    2 Ferdinand Oyono Une vie de boy Presses Pocket 2-266-02583-X

    2 Ahmadou Kourouma Les Soleils des indépendances Seuil, "Points" 2020259214

    3 Mariama Bâ Une si longue lettre Nouvelles Editions africaines 9-782091-687209

    4 Albert Memmi La Statue de sel Gallimard, "Folio" 2-07-036206-X

    5 Assia Djebar, Femmes d'Alger dans leur appartement , Des Femmes 27210-0461-1

    6 Tahar ben Jelloun La Nuit sacrée Seuil, "Points" 2020255839

    7 Jacques Roumain Gouverneurs de la rosée Paris, Messidor (Editeurs français réunis) 2

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  37. Policy on Make-up Work:
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