The title of the course is : Colonialism, independences, neocolonialism: the Francophone African novel between memory and testimony, social criticism and aesthetic creation and it consists of three teaching units that will be presented in a progressive sequence:
Unit A: African novel and memory of colonialism.
Unit B: The age of independences and narrative renewal. Unit C: Contemporary Africa through the filter of the novel. Students who intend to acquire 6 CFU will follow the program of Units A and B; all students wishing to acquire 9 CFU will follow the complete program (units A, B and C).
Unit A will focus that the history of the African novel begins with a duty of memory and testimony: if this gender is a legacy of colonialism, it soon becomes the object of representation, reflection and criticism through various narrative works. Unit B will underline how the age of independences implies what should be a radical change in the African reality and that, in many ways, coincides not only with new main themes of the novel, but also in a mutation of its formal and structural aspects. Unit C will highlight that the novel maintains its role of recording memory even in the contemporary era, where alongside textual experiments we find choices to recover a previous tradition to give voice to today's world.
The program for this course is valid until February 2022.
Prerequisites for admission
The course, which is held entirely in French, the materials and the bibliography of examination mainly in French presuppose solid language skills. Students who do not know enough French will rarely be able to rely on Italian translations and profitably follow the lessons. Erasmus students or other forms of mobility are admitted as long as they possess solid French language skills. In addition, a basic understanding of the development of modern French Literature is a significant help to the student.
The course has a site on the online platform for Ariel teaching, to which students will refer for further information and other materials provided by the teacher. Here below are the compulsory reading works for the various teaching units, the general bibliography and the specific bibliography for each unit. Texts preceded by an asterisk are additional and mandatory only for non-attending students (that add them to the others indicated).
- Marco MODENESI, Colonialismo, indipendenze, neocolonialismo: materiali integrativi per il corso di Letterature francofone A.A. 2019/2020 (under the direction of the teacher: the materials are available from the teacher)
- Michel HAUSSER, Littératures francopho nes - tome 3. Afrique noire; Océan indien, Paris, Belin, 2000
- Loredana CHINES, Carlo VAROTTI, Che cos'è un testo letterario, Roma, Carocci, 2015.
*Dominique COMBE, Les littératures francophones. Questions, débats, polémiques, Paris, PUF, 2010
Unità didattica A
- Amadou Hampaté BÂ, L'étrange destin de Wangrin, Paris, 10-18, available edition.
- Cheikh Hamidou KANE, L'aventure ambiguë, Paris, 10-18, available edition.
Unità didattica B
- Ahmadou KOUROUMA, Les soleils des indépendances, Paris, Seuil, "Points", available edition.
- Aminata SOW FALL, La grève des bàttu, Paris, Le Serpent à plumes, available edition.
*Jean-Claude NICOLAS, Comprendre "Les Soleils des indépendances", Issy-les-Moulineaux, Éditions Saint-Paul, 1985
*Aminata Sow Fall: itinéraire d'une pionnière, "Interculturel/Francophonies" n.27, juin-juillet 2015 (Alliance Française - Lecce)
Unità didattica C
- In Koli Jean BOFANE, Congo Inc. Le testament de Bismark, Paris, Actes Sud, available edition.
- Florent COUAO-ZOTTI, Si la cour du mouton est sale ce n'est pas au porc de le dire, Paris, Le Serpent à plumes, 2010.
Warnings for non-attending students
The program for non-attending students (including materials listed on the Ariel website) is the one envisaged for those attending with the addition of the texts preceded by an asterisk indicated above. compared to the one for attending students. Naturally, given the greater difficulties deriving from a preparation conducted independently, it is recommended that non-attending students devote an appropriate amount of time to the study and elaboration of the contents foreseen by the program and, in case of doubt, do not to hesitate to contact the teacher for clarifications.
Assessement methods and criteria
The exam consists of an individual interview, which opens with the reading and critical comment by the student of a passage, chosen by him/her, taken from one of the novels at program. The interview therefore includes questions asked by the teacher, interactions between the teacher and the student and further analysis and commentary on one or more aspects of the works at program. The interview has a variable duration but it is, on average, around twenty minutes and it is compulsorily held in French for the students of the LM of Lingue specialists of French; it is chosen by the student between Italian and French for all the other Courses. The interview aims to verify the knowledge of the texts read (works and critical bibliography), the ability to contextualize authors and works, the ability to expose, the precision in the use of specific terminology, the capacity for critical and personal reflection on proposed themes, the use of textual analysis methods illustrated during the lessons. Finally, it will also take into account language skills if the student chooses French. The final grade is expressed in thirtieths, and the student has the right to refuse it (in this case it will be verbalized as "withdrawn"). International or Erasmus incoming students are invited to contact the teacher promptly. The examination procedures for students with disabilities and/or with DSA must be agreed with the teacher, in agreement with the competent Office.