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LTT 361 French-Caribbean Literature (3 credits)

This course will teach students to read and appreciate contemporary francophone literature of Martinique, Guadeloupe and Haiti, translated to English, by familiarizing them with the colonial and post-colonial history of the region, its cultural richness and its literary modes. As background, students will learn about the colonization of Amerindian lands by Europeans, the history of slavery in the Caribbean and the development of creole dialects and culture. The primary focus of the course will be on recent cultural and intellectual history, particularly the development of two twentieth-century literary movements that have profound social, psychological and political implications, Négritude and Créolité. Students will read entire works or substantive excerpts of works by major authors of the French Caribbean. The course is appropriate for students pursuing minors in Faith-Justice or Africana Studies. Satisfies the GEP diversity overlay requirement