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Exile in Global French & Francophone Cultures: Senagal, Algeria, & the Caribbean

Comparative Literature 3556 - Spring 2020

French is the fifth most spoken language in the world, with an estimated 300 million speakers in 106 countries and territories. It is the only language aside from English to be spoken on five continents (statistics from the OIF). In the wake of decolonization and the rapid spread of globalization, the French language has been adopted, adapted and transformed in various locales and with widespread cultural implications. This course will aim to explore French culture through the specific case studies of Senegal, Algeria, the Caribbean and Francophone exiles worldwide. We will explore the history, literature, poetry and film of these regions and in doing so, gain a more nuanced and complex understanding of global French cultures. In this course we will study a range of works that will provide a window onto the issues of French cultural and national identity in the modern world. We will delve into the role of race, ethnicity, belonging and identity in global French and Francophone societies. Students will gain an understanding of French (post)colonial history and current French politics and culture through novels, poetry and film. Knowledge of French is not required for this class.
Course Attributes: EN HBU HumBU ISAS HUMAS LCDFA HUMAR HUM

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Exile in Global French & Francophone Cultures: Senagal, Algeria, & the Caribbean
INSTRUCTOR: Badji
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