F667 | 22708 | Julien, Eileen & Panaite, Oana

Topic: THE POLITICS OF WRITING.  We will examine the works of two
major French writers born outside of the Hexagon: Frantz Fanon,
author of groundbreaking essays in “Black Skins, White Masks”
(1952), “A Dying Colonialism” (1959), and “The Wretched of the
Earth” (1961), and Edouard Glissant, author of a series of
theoretical texts entitled “Poetics” and such novel as “The Fouth
Century” (1964).

Through the lenses of these two intellectuals who represent in some
sense the moments of decolonization and postcolonialism, the course
will examine debates on topics such as colonialism and revolution,
racism and discrimination, alienation and self-alienation,
creolization and globalization. We will ask what part, if any,
literature can play in the shaping of social struggles and new
individual or communal identities.

In order to assess their historical and contemporary legacies, we
will situate these texts in their original contexts and interpret
them in relation to the texts of earlier and later writers such as
Léopold Sédar Senghor, Aimé Césaire, Ousmane Sembène, Patrick
Chamoiseau, Maryse Condé, Assia Djebar, Valentin Mudimbe.

Students may read and write in English or French. The course will be
conducted in English. Co-taught by Prof. Eileen Julien and Prof.
Oana Panaïté.