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LTT 461 The Franco-Afro-Caribbean Story (3 credits)

This course, taught in English, is intended to introduce students to the francophone Antilles and its complex mix of cultures and intellectual traditions. The course will include significant ethics-intensive and cross-cultural work in the form of analyses of the colonial past (including practices like slavery and imperialism) and of post-colonial interventions in Haiti by the United States (including American support for or tolerance of the Duvalier regimes), as well as race relations, uneven economic development and less-than-democratic political structures in Martinique, Guadeloupe and Haiti today. Readings will include a variety of literary novels, polemical texts, historical texts (both primary and secondary), theoretical texts and one critical historiography.

Satisfies GEP Diversity; Pending GEP Ethics-Intensive approval.