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French Colonial Empire


This course focuses on literature written in the colonies under French colonial rule. France's colonial history started in the 16th century and ended with bitter defeats in Vietnam (1955) and Algeria (1962). With focus on a specific region (North Africa, Asia, Africa, or the West Indies) and/or time period, the students will examine texts produced by writers in the colonies and in France to understand the complexities of oppression and intricacies of colonization, and how the texts subvert or reinforce colonial power.

Satisfies a requirement in French and Francophone Studies major and minor.
Satisfies a requirement in the Africana Studies major.
Satisfies an interdisciplinary minor requirement in Global Literary Theory.
Satisfies a Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric requirement.
Satisfies the cultural diversity requirement.