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FR 576 A - Seminar in Francophonie

Campus: Urbana-Champaign


Discussion and research on a specialized topic in literature in French outside of France. See Schedule for current topic. Course Information: 4 graduate hours. No professional credit. May be repeated in separate terms if topics vary.

Special Instructions:

Outsiders Looking In/ Insiders Looking Out: Novels Written by French /not French authors. This course will examine the works and points of view of French writers who have an outsider's perspective due to birthplace or personal connection to a foreign land, yet who are considered to be fundamentally "French" writers. The overall larger theme of this class is: ''What constitutes a French literary work and who is a French author-" Specifically, we will consider the backdrop against which these authors were writing. Starting with Claire de Duras, we will study a novel that is one of the earliest French works to address race relations betweenthe French and the colonyof Senegal. Additionally, we will take into account Duras' relationship with the island ofMartinique (another French colony). With Marguerite Duras and Albert Camus we will examine the writings of authors who were born in French colonies and their hybrid existence. Through L'amant and Le premier homme we will consider

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Number of Required Visit(s): 0

Course Level: Graduate

Credit: 4

Term(s): Spring


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