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FREN 379

Special Topics in French and Francophone Studies

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Dorothea Heitsch
French Undergraduate Advisor
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Sheena Melton
Undergraduate Student Services Specialist

Possible topics include cinema, transnational francophone literatures, gender studies. In English.

Fall 2022: Special Topics in French and Francophone Studies – The Postcolonial Fantastic

MWF 12:20-1:10pm, Dey 301, Prof. Sean Singh Matharoo (smath006@email.unc.edu)

This course is dedicated to the postcolonial fantastic, an experimental genre that hybridizes science fiction, horror, and fantasy in the context of anticolonial, postcolonial, and decolonial struggles. After discussing Frantz Fanon’s early work and Tzvetan Todorov’s book on the fantastic, we will map out a genealogy of the postcolonial fantastic that cuts across literature and cinema, concluding with an examination of Marie NDiaye’s fiction, which presents a distillation of the genre.

*Taught in English. Counts for FREN minor/major.