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Spring 2018-2019
* FRE 376 / AAS 378 (LA)   No Audit

Haiti: History, Literature, and Arts of the First Black Republic

F. Nick Nesbitt

The readings and discussions will consider how the literature and arts of Haiti affirm, contest, and bear witness to historical narratives concerning the world's first black republic. The course will sample an array of historical accounts, novels, Afro-Caribbean religion (Vodun), plays, music, film, and visual arts of this unique postcolonial nation.

Sample reading list:
Laurent Dubois, Haiti
CLR James, The Black Jacobins
Aimé Césaire, La tragédie du roi Christophe
Jacques Stephen Alexis, Compère général soleil
Edwidge Danticat, The Farming of Bones
Dany Laferière, Le goût des jeunes filles
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
About 200 pages of reading per week, and two papers of approximately 2500 words each.

Requirements/Grading:
Take Home Final Exam - 20%
Papers - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to First Year Undergraduates.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
200-level French class or permission of Instructor..

Other information:
This course is co-taught by Professor F. Nick Nesbitt and graduate student Robert W. Decker through the Collaborative Teaching Initiative.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
41310 C01 01:30:00 pm - 02:50:00 pm T Th   East Pyne Building   039   Enrolled:13 Limit:18