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FRE 336H1F
Postcolonialism: Francophone Literatures


This course aims at examining the fundamentals of postcolonial theories, with emphasis on how they relate to the Francophone world. It will look at how major concepts of postcolonialism, first elaborated in the former British colonies, may be relevant in countries that experienced French domination. Its ultimate purpose will be to establish a dialogue between fiction and theory, then will determine the modalities of a coherent Francophone postcolonial identity in a global world. It will focus on the following issues that now shape postcolonial identities: colonialism, history, education, language, the body, sexuality and feminism.

Required Texts : Beti, Mongo, Perpétue et l'habitude du malheur (1974), Rouen, Editions des Peuples noirs, 2016; Condé, Maryse. Moi, Tituba Sorcière… Paris, Mercure de France, 1982; Hamidou Kane, Cheikh, L’Aventure ambiguë, Paris, Julliard, 1961; Labou Tansi, Sony. L'Anté-peuple, Paris, Seuil, 1998.

READINGS: on line or course reserve access.

Films: Teno, Jean-Marie, Le Malentendu colonial; Ba Kobhio, Bassek, Le Grand Blanc de Lambarene; Wade, Mansour Sora, Le Prix du pardon; Ramaka, Joseph Gaye, Karmen Ge.;

Assignments and evaluation: 1 in class test, 25%; 1 short essay, 25%; long essay: 35%; overall assessment and participation: 15%

The Department takes into account the quality of students' French as one of the criteria in the evaluation of assignments and examinations. A minimum of 20% of the grade will be allocated to this aspect of written assignments.

Prerequisite: FRE 240H1

Recommended preparation: FRE 241H1


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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.


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

History of the Department

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