Spring course FREN242 / CMLT298B

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Spring 2019

Mondays and Wednesdays: 2:00-3:15 pm

JMZ 2122



Instructor: Dr. Valérie K. Orlando
Professor, French & Francophone Literatures and Cultures
Head, Department of French & Italian
Email: vorlando@umd.edu
Office: Department of French & Italian, 3rd floor JMZ
Office hours:  Mondays & Weds. 1:00-2:00 or by appointment



This course offers students exposure to some of the most important novels of the 20th and 21st centuries that explore the ideas and philosophies of famous African and Caribbean writers of French expression.  The course content is based on the historical and aesthetic evolution of Francophone literature of Africa and the Caribbean.  Students are encouraged to explore and discuss the socio-political framework of colonization and decolonization as well the specificity of each novel in terms of its own intrinsic qualities. The course will focus on major historical events during the colonial and post-colonial eras that have shaped the authors’ fields of reference.  The role of France and its relationship with the people and countries of the Francophone world will also be discussed.  By the end of this course, students will have learned about the socio-cultural, historical, and economic parameters that have shaped issues in the Francophone world and be able to analyze how these are portrayed in literature. Taught in English.

The Course fulfills CORE: Literature, Human/Cultural Diversity; GEN. EDUCATION: Distributive Studies-Humanities, Diversity-Understanding Plural Societies