The course aims to provide a picture of Haitian literature, with particular reference to the various currents that have characterised it and to the transmission of religious memory in that society.
A good knowledge of the French language.
Course contents summary
The first part of the course will illustrate the main stages and the various currents of contemporary Haitian literature from the time of independence until the eighties, aiming to highlight contemporary literary production, the importance of religious syncretism in a society born of the slave system.
The second part of the course aims to show how the Haitian novel in French, of the fifties, is involved in the mise-en-scène of voodoo, and how, according to the different representations, the French-speaking Haitian writers have contributed to the transmission of Haitian religious memory but also to the representation of a multi-faceted society.
The course will be conducted in the French language.
Jacques Stephen Alexis, Les Arbres musiciens, Paris, Gallimard.
Louis-Philippe Dalembert, Les Dieux voyagent la nuit, Monaco, Du Rocher.
René Depestre, Hadriana dans tous mes rêves, Paris, Folio.
Gérard Etienne, La Reine Soleil Levée, Geneva Métropolis.
Dany Laferrière, Pays sans chapeau, Le Serpent à plumes, coll Motifs.
Gary Victor, Treize nouvelles vaudou, Montreal, Mémoire d’Encrier.
Léon-François Hoffmann, Littérature d'Haïti, Vanves, Edicef, 1995.
The student must sit the oral exam in the French language.