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FCS 392H1S
Special Topics in French Cultural Studies II: African Cinema


This course will focus on the analysis of film as a social and ideological practice in Africa. It will provide an interdisciplinary look at the development of African cinema from its inception in the 1960s to the present. In looking at this period, we will move from the upheavals of late colonialism to recent sociopolitical crises. It will examine the impact of the appropriation of the camera by Africans and the changes in various modes of representations. We will examine major political disturbances taking place in Africa and determine the role of films not only as entertainment but as a tool for social transformation. At the end of this course, students should be able to determine the specificities of an African film language and clearly determine the traits common to the films studied. We will determine how cultural and political identities are constructed through issues like (post)colonialism, orality, gender, sexuality, tradition and modernity.

READINGS: on line or course reserve access

The following books are highly recommended: Corrigan, T., A Short Guide to Writing About Film (4th edition) Longman, Toronto 2001; Diawara, Manthia, African Cinema. Politics and Culture, Bloomington and Indianapolis, Indiana UP. 1992; Ukadike, Nwachukwu Franck, Black African Cinema, Berkeley, CA, U of California P. 1994.

Assignments and Evaluation: In-class test: 20%, Oral Presentation: 15%;Short essay/Mid-term 20%, Long essay: 35%, Overall assessment: 10%

Prerequisite: At least 5 course credits in any subject.

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Revue Arborescences

Considérant que rien de ce qui touche la langue française ne lui est étranger, la revue Arborescences se veut un espace de réflexion sur les enjeux actuels des études françaises aussi bien en littérature, en linguistique qu’en didactique.

History of the Department

165 years of French Studies at the University of Toronto (1853-2018)


Estimant que rien de ce qui touche la langue française ne lui est étranger, la revue électronique Arborescences veut offrir un espace de réflexion sur des questions d’importance en études françaises, relevant aussi bien de la didactique que de la lit