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FR4590: POST-INDEPENDENCE TO DIASPORA: THE POSTCOLONIAL AFRICAN NOVEL FRENCH B (2017-2018)

Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 10:28


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 The main themes will be: literature as historical document; colonialism/post-colonialism/neo-colonialism; the diaspora; the language question; humour and political satire; gender.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 4
Session Second 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 4

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-4 French options courses, FR4590 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, demonstrating an ability to synthesize material from disparate sources and to take account of the wider cultural context of the topic under consideration; will articulate their views in speech and writing using the appropriate discourse for the subject; will acquire habits of autonomous learning, independently applying insights gained on the course to unfamiliar material, and will conduct independent investigations using basic research methodology. 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 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. 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.

Further Information & Notes

The course may NOT be included as part of a graduating curriculum with FR 3590 (Post-Independence to Diaspora: The Postcolonial African Novel in French A).

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

Formative assessment may be given to students in relation to their performance in class, informally in class or by appointment. Feedback on written work will also involve a degree of formative assessment.

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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