Francophone Postcolonial Literature (M.St.

Special Subject)

Michaelmas Term 2015

Students will meet for 6 sessions of 1.5 hours each. Photocopied reading material will
be made available to students in advance for discussion in session 1. Sessions 1 and 4
will be based on discussion of texts to be read in advance, with no written work to
submit. There will be a reading list of 2-3 texts to read for each of sessions 2, 3, 5 and
6, and students are advised to have made a good start on the primary reading before
term begins. By the introduction session students should have chosen two areas on
which they will write essays (2500-3000 words each); they will do a short
presentation (10-15 minutes) on each of the remaining two areas.

Session Week Topic Tutor
1 1 Introduction. Theory and historical Jane Hiddleston
context. Reading and discussion
2 -
2 3 North African literature Jane Hiddleston
3 4 Caribbean literature Jane Hiddleston
5 -
4 6 Historical background Toby Garfitt
Reading and discussion
5 7 Sub-Saharan African literature Toby Garfitt
6 8 Immigrant literature Jane Hiddleston

Tutors: Toby Garfitt, Magdalen (
Jane Hiddleston, Exeter (
Jennifer Yee (

1. Introduction: Theory and Overview

Students must read the following essays for discussion in the seminar:

Edward Said, ‘Introduction’, Orientalism (1978)
Pascal Blanchard, Nicolas Bancel, Sandrine Lemaire, La Fracture coloniale,
Introduction and Chapter One (2005)
Robert Young, ‘Postcolonial Remains’, New Literary History 43 (2012): 19-42

Ces voix qui m’assiègent (Paris: Albin Michel. The Sense of Community in French Caribbean Fiction (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press.2. Celia. Liverpool University Press. 1961. Les Damnés de la terre (Paris: Gallimard. 1994) Condé. 1999) Frantz Fanon. la fantasia (Paris: Albin Michel. 1991) Nicholas Harrison. 2003) Kenneth Harrow. Assia Djebar: Out of Algeria. 1954) Assia Djebar. 1997) Glissant. 2008) . L’Amour.1996) Jane Hiddleston. North African Literature Set texts: Driss Chraïbi. Research in African Literatures 44. Maryse. Le Discours antillais (extracts) (Paris: Gallimard. 2002) Assia Djebar.1 (2013) 3. Rue Darwin (Paris : Gallimard. Postcolonial Criticism: History. 2011) Selected secondary reading: Assia Djebar. 1995) Boualem Sansal. ‘A Rustle in History: Conversations with Boualem Sansal’. and the Work of Fiction (Cambridge: Polity. Theory. ‘Melancholia and Victimhood in Boualem Sansal's Le Village de l'Allemand: Ou Le journal des frères Schiller’. University of Minnesota Press. Decolonisation and Literatures. The Marabout and the Muse: New Approaches to Islam in African Literature. Edouard. Caribbean Literature Set texts: Chamoiseau. Autobiography and Independence: Selfhood and Creativity in North African Postcolonial Writing in French (2005) Dinah Assouline Stillman. (Portsmouth: Heinemann. 2006 Winifred Woodhull. 1996) Selected secondary reading: Britton. Femmes d’Alger dans leur appartement (Paris: Albin Michel. Desirada (Paris: Editions Robert Laffont. World Literature Today (September 2012) Lucy Brisley. Texaco (Paris : Gallimard. 1993 Debra Kelly. Patrick. Le Passé simple (Paris: Denoël. Transfigurations of the Maghreb: Feminism.

Maryse. Eloge de la créolité (Paris : Gallimard. 2003)  Suk. Glissant. 1999) Milne. by Charles Forsdick and David Murphy (London and New York: Arnold. Francophone Postcolonial Studies: a critical introduction Jack. 72. Allah n’est pas obligé (2000) Sow Fall. Ruth. in Forsdick and Murphy. Maeve. Research in African Literatures. 1st edn. Patrick Chamoiseau : espaces d’une écriture antillaise (Amsterdam : Rodopi. 2006) McCusker. An Introduction to Francophone Writing Guadeloupe and Martinique. Bernabé. ‘“This Creole culture. Aminata. Raphaël. 2012) 4. ‘O Brave New World’. 1990) Condé. ‘Orality. Les Bouts de bois de Dieu (1960) Kourouma. ed. Trauma Theory and Interlingual Translation: A Study of Repetition in Ahmadou Kourouma’s Allah n’est pas obligé’. Dorothy. Negritude and Literary Criticism . Sub-Saharan African Literature Set texts: Sembène. The French Review. Postcolonial Paradoxes in French Caribbean Writing: Césaire. 29 (Autumn 1998) 1-7 Haigh. Historical Background. 8. 2001) Eva Sansavior. Eileen. Samantha.. Reading and Discussion 5. Lorna. Oral Literature in Africa Batchelor. La grève des Bàttu (1979) Selected secondary reading: Blair. Condé (Oxford: Clarendon Press. Jean and Confiant. Médoune. Translation Studies. Maryse Condé and the Space of Literature (Oxford: Legenda. ‘La question du féminisme chez Mariama Bâ et Aminata Sow Fall’. (Oxford and New York: Berg. Abiola. in Francophone Postcolonial Studies: A Critical Introduction ed. The African Imagination Finnegan. Kathryn. Ahmadou.2 (2015) Guèye. miraculously forged”: the contradictions of créolité’. ‘Reading “orality” in French-language novels from sub-Saharan Africa’. Patrick. African Literature in French Irele. Jeannie. Belinda.2 (1998) Julien. Ousmane.Chamoiseau.

Immigrant Literature Set texts: Nina Bouaroui. ‘Maghreb and Melancholy: A Reading of Nina Bouraoui’. 2000) Alain Mabanckou.3 (2003) Sam Haigh. Transnational Spaces and Identities in the Francophone World (2009) Alec Hargreaves.1 (2004) Hitchcott. French Studies. Francophone Postcolonial Studies 6. Francophone Postcolonial Studies. David. Race and Ethnicity in France (1995) Susan Ireland and Patrice J. Sembène: Imagining Alternatives in Film and Fiction Murphy.2 (2006) Pascale de Souza. Women Writers in Francophone Africa Murphy. Black Bazar (Paris: Seuil. ‘Beyond tradition versus modernity: postcolonial thought and culture in Francophone sub-Saharan Africa’ in Forsdick and Murphy. ‘Migration and melancholia: From Kristeva's 'depression nationale' to Pineau's 'maladie de l'exil'’. Research in African Literatures 34. Proulx.Hartkamp. ‘Les Soleils des indépendances d’Ahmadou Kourouma: de la théorie au roman’. ‘Trickster Strategies in Alain Mabanckou’s Black Bazar’. Immigration. Research in African Literatures 42. Emma. 60. David. 2.1 (2011) . L’Exil selon Julia (Paris: Stock. Garçon manqué (Paris: Stock. 1996) Selected secondary reading: Hafid Gafaïti (et al). 2009) Gisèle Pineau. Immigrant Narratives in Contemporary France (2001) Marina Van Zuylen. Nikki.