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Course Description

There is a need for relevant, current materials and learning models written in English about "la francophonie," or the French-speaking world. We will examine francophone culture through selected written texts, writers, artists, visual representations (films, documentaries, photographs), music, artifacts, and hands-on activities. The course constitutes an introduction to characteristics of the cultures and civilizations of countries using the French language outside of France, especially those of Africa and the Caribbean, for example: the French influence in West Africa; North African immigrants living in France; the diversity of cultures within the Caribbean; and francophone communities in North America, including Quebec. Connections to the African diaspora will be established. Our objective is to illustrate that francophone cultures have significance for the human experience that transcends geographic subjectivity. | Lecture + Q&A.
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