Fall 2014 Course Offering
Culture and Identity in French Caribbean Literature
From “Chaos-Monde” to “Tout-Monde”
In this course we will read contemporary francophone literature from Martinique, Guadeloupe and Haiti, translated to English, in an effort to familiarize ourselves with the colonial and post-colonial history of the region, its cultural richness and its literary modes. Texts will be read through the lens of three “unstable” and sometimes conflicting twentieth-century literary movements that have profound social, psychological, and political implications- Négritude, Créolité, and Antillanité. Students will read works by Édouard Glissant, Aimé Cesaire, Frantz Fanon, Maryse Condé, Marie Célie Agnant and others.