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FRE 438H1F
Advanced Topics in Francophone Literatures: Exile & Cultural Production in Africa & the Caribbean


As George Lamming once put it, to be in exile is to be alive. That is especially true when the exile is a person of (post)colonial ancestry who experiences a sense of alienation resulting from the imposition of foreign codes on his/her original culture. In this course, we will explore the myth of exile by studying creative writings, essays as well as films produced by artists who are made to feel a sense of exile by their “inadequacy” and “irrelevance” on a foreign land. Problems inherent to physical and intellectual displacement/exile of the colonized in colonial and postcolonial eras will also be examined. Moreover, we will discuss issues related to exile such as representation, cultural hybridity, transculturality and identity formation in a global world. A few related films will also be discussed.

Required texts: Beyala, Calixthe. Maman a un amant, Paris, Albin Michel, 1993; Césaire, Aimé. Cahier d'un retour au pays natal, Paris, Présence Africaine, 2000; Ab al Malik. Qu'Allah bénisse la France, Paris, Albin Michel, 2007; Laferriere, Dany. Comment faire l'amour avec un nègre sans se fatiguer, Paris, Poche, 1999

Prerequisite: FRE 240H1, FRE 241H1, FRE 344H1

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