CONTEMPORARY FRENCH LITERATURE
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course aims to offer students an overview of a Francophone literature regarded as one of the first in terms of time and aesthetic importance. At the same time, the course proposes some reflections on Francophonie, Francography and French expression.
Course contents summary
Contemporary Haitian literature: critical analysis of the category “literature of French expression”
Context (week 1):
- Overview of the history of Haitian literature from 1804 to the 1940s
- Years 1950-1980
Five topics (weeks 2, 3, 4):
- Leaving / Coming back
- Claiming hybridity
- The importance of history
- Individual and collective discourses
- Writing the catastrophe no. 1
Haitian literature of revolution (week 5):
- Writing the catastrophe no. 2
Useful bibliography available at the beginning of the lessons
The course focuses on accurate textual readings. Each lesson will be based on students’ readings and on the presentation of the texts listed in the recommended readings. Those texts highlighted in bold are the most important. Please note: this selection of texts may change.
A schedule of students’ oral presentations will be provided as soon as possible. Students will be divided in groups; they will be requested to share interests stimulated by the readings and discuss key issues. Presentations will be evaluated according to criteria previously agreed upon.
Assessment methods and criteria