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FR3590: POST-INDEPENDENCE TO DIASPORA: THE POSTCOLONIAL AFRICAN NOVEL FRENCH A (2017-2018)

Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 10:27


Course Overview

The course aims to introduce students to the literature of Francophone Africa from the Independence period and its aftermath to contemporary postcolonial society, including the African Diaspora. After an introduction to the historical and social background, texts by individual authors will be studied and there will be discussion of the issues arising out of the texts taken separately as well as the interrelation between them. The main themes will be: literature as historical document; colonialism/post-colonialism/neo-colonialism; the diaspora; the language question; humour and political satire; gender.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Dr Shona Potts
  • Dr Roger Ravet

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 3

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

Course Aims: The course aims to introduce students to the literature of Francophone Africa from the Independence period and its aftermath to contemporary postcolonial society, including the African Diaspora. Like all Level-3 French options courses, FR3590 has the following generic learning outcomes: students will apply critical reading skills to various forms of literary and non-literary French; they will select, evaluate and organize primary and secondary material, they will articulate their views in speech and writing using the appropriate discourse for the subject; they will acquire the habits of autonomous learning. In addition, the course has the following subject-specific learning outcomes : students will interpret key texts in Francophone literature with respect to their social, historical and political context. They will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the postcolonial experience in Africa and the African Diaspora; they will discuss and analyse texts by drawing on appropriate postcolonial theory. Content: This course will introduce students to the literature of Francophone Africa from the Independence period and its aftermath, to contemporary postcolonial society, including the African Diaspora. After some general historical and social background, texts by individual authors will be studied, and there will be discussion of the general issues arising out of the texts taken separately, as well as the interrelation between them. The main themes will be: literature as historical documents; colonialism/post-colonialism/neo-colonialism; the diaspora; the language question; humour and political satire; gender.

Further Information & Notes

The course may NOT be included as part of a graduating curriculum with FR4590 (Post-Independence to Diaspora: The Postcolonial African Novel in French B). It will be available in 2014/15 and in alternate sessions thereafter.

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

None.

Contact Teaching Time

22 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


Assessment

  • 100% essay

Formative Assessment

None.

Feedback

The assignment receives a CAS mark which the Course Guide links to specific marking criteria, and written or verbal feedback in the form of tutors' comments is also given. Additional informal feedback on performance and tutorial participation is offered in tutorials. Tutors have office hours at which further feedback may be sought.

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