French literature out of France (Middle East, Africa, Caribbean)

Course Code :2017FLWTLF
Study domain:Literature
Academic year:2019-2020
Semester:2nd semester
Contact hours:45
Credits:6
Study load (hours):168
Contract restrictions: No contract restriction
Language of instruction:French
Exam period:exam in the 2nd semester
Lecturer(s)Kathleen Gyssels

3. Course contents *

In this class on Africa, the Caribbean and the Middle East, we will examine a selection of fiction and essays by authors such as Albert Memmi, Hubert Haddad, Yasmina Khadra, Leïla Sebbar and Hélène Cixous. These various francophone authors share a “double bound” or “third zone” (Bhabha) as outsiders/insiders within both Arabic and French colonial society, given their exile or resistance to the French colonial system. Some have Jewish origins (Memmi, Cixous, Derrida) and reflect upon tensions and conflicts in the Middle East and in France, where many of them have chosen to live and write. They share with African (Gaston-Paul Effa), Haitian and/or Antillean (L.P. Dalembert) authors a profound reflection on the heritages of colonialism and slavery, on the wounds of the Second World War, on the unsolved problems of religious intolerance and on the difficulties of living together in a multi-ethnic and multi-racial environment. Their writings utter grievances yet also suggest solutions. The theoretical concepts come from Tzvetan Todorov, Bryan Cheyette (Diasporas of the Mind, 2013), Boris Cyrulnik, “Résilience“, Zygmunt Bauman and Jacques Derrida in dialogue with Hélène Cixous.