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FR 4537
FRANCOPHONE AFRICAN AND CARIBBEAN LITERATURE AND FILM B
CREDIT POINTS 15

Course Co-ordinator: Professor M. Syrotinski

Pre-requisite(s): Available only to students in Programme Year 4 with a knowledge of French.

Note(s): This course may NOT be included as part of a graduating curriculum with FR3537 (Francophone African and Caribbean Literature and Film A). It will be available in 2013/14 and in alternate sessions thereafter.

This course will introduce students to the literature and cinema of Francophone Africa and the Caribbean. After some general historical and social background, texts and films by individual authors and film directors will be studied, and there will be discussion of the general issues arising out of the films and texts taken separately, as well as the interrelation between them. The main themes will be: literature and cinema as historical documents; conditions of production, distribution (and exhibition); colonialism/post-colonialism/neo-colonialism; the language question; humour and political satire; and gender and the cinematic gaze. In addition, students will extend their understanding of the subject by means of independent research, setting the topics treated in their wider context and synthesizing material from a range of sources.

2 one-hour seminars per week; film showings as necessary.

In-course assessment: two written assignments 2000 to 2400 words (50% each)