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Fall 2017-2018
* FRE 403 / AFS 403 / LAS 412 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Topics in Francophone Literature, Culture, and History - Aimé Césaire

F. Nick Nesbitt

This course will study a selection of the writings of Aimé Césaire, a towering figure of the 20th century in poetry, theatre, and postcolonial critique and politics. Césaire's poetry is arguably the most accomplished oeuvre of any anticolonial poet of the century, and a pinnacle of modernist French poetry tout court. Similarly, Césaire's theatrical works are outstanding moments in the creation of a theatre of decolonization, while his celebrated critical pieces, such as the "Discours sur le colonialisme", articulate the ethical and political grounds for the struggle to end colonialism.

Sample reading list:
Césaire, La poésie
Césaire, La tragédie due roi Christophe
Césaire, Ecrits politiques
Gary Wilder, Freedom Time: Negritude and the Future of the World
Abiola Irele, ed., Cahier d'un retour au pays natal
A. James Arnold, Modernism and Negritude
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
About 100 pages of reading per week, slightly more for prose and theatre, slightly less for poetry. Students will write two papers in French of 4-6 pages length (undergrad), 8-10 pages (grad). Each student will give one oral presentation on an aspect or selection of that week's readings. A final paper will be submitted on Dean's Date.

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Papers - 30%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
A 200-level course in French or permission of Instructor. Course is conducted in French..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
22716 C01 11:00 am - 12:20 pm M W   East Pyne Building   245   Enrolled:4 Limit:12