Living Voices: Introduction à la littérature d'expression française
This class is intended to situate students in the controversial discussion of what it means to write and speak in French today. While post-colonial theorists and writers have received a great deal of recognition over the past few decades, much less attention has been granted to the contemporary authors to whom the torch has been passed. In order to bring ourselves as up to date as possible, we will read only authors who are still alive and currently publishing [as part of the debate]. Using a variety of text types/literary genres from diverse geographical regions, the class will examine how the authors shape/frame this debate on the following topics: using vs. creating language; defining the self and the other; multiculturalism and ¿communitarianism¿; real and imaginary borders/boundaries. Taught in French.