French and Italian | Peripheral? Modernities: The View from Senegal
F667 | 15411 | Julien, Eileen


How is modernity lived and imagined beyond the West with which it is
typically associated? Drawing on the literary and cinematic
production of colonial and postcolonial Senegal and critical texts
on facets of modern experience, we will investigate this question.
Brief readings on questions of modernism, nationalism, science and
progress, postcoloniality and history and creative works by Léopold
Sédar Senghor, Birago Diop, Cheikh Hamidou Kane, Ousmane Sembène,
Cheikh Ndao, Boris Diop, Khady Sylla, Aminata Sow Fall, Ken Bugul,
Joe Gaye Ramaka, Ben Diogaye and others.

A highlight of the class will be a symposium, "Birago Diop and
Léopold Sédar Senghor, Then and Now," involving writers, filmmakers
and scholars, to take place in Bloomington on March 29-31. Class
participants will have the opportunity to meet and interact with
several of the writers and filmmakers whose works we will have
studied.