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FREN 687

FREN 687

Dorothea Heitsch
French Undergraduate Advisor
Ellen Welch
Advisor for French Graduate Studies
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Lauren Lisinski
Graduate Student Services Manager

Fall 2022: Diaspora and Transculturalism in Québécois Literature

TuTh 12:30-1:45, Dey 209

Prof. Erika Serrato (serrato@email.unc.edu)

This course examines the province of Québec as a nexus of major literary production, influencing not only the Francophone world but also world literature, littérature migrante, and exile literature. We will break down how Québec’s literatures question and push the notions of identity and national literature. We will study texts from different parts of the world and scrutinize what it means to be or become Francophone. We will pay particular attention to the Haitian diaspora in our analyses of the spaces inscribed in the texts. Last, a full examination of the history and present status of the literature produced in Québec would not be complete without the works of First Nations writers.

Readings by Marie-Celie Agnant, Lula Carballo, Yara El-Ghadban, Anne Hébert, Natasha Kanapé Fontaine, Dany Laferrière, Wajdi Mouawad, and Kim Thuy.

Prerequisites: FREN 300 and one additional course above FREN 330; permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisites.

This course is taught in French.

Contact serrato@email.unc.edu for more information.

Spring 2021: Diaspora and Transculturalism in Québécois Literature

This course examines the evolution of identity and nationhood in Québécois and Literature from the 1960s to the present. It includes the study of Francophone literature of immigration (“diasporic,” or littératures migrantes and post-migrantes) by authors from Algeria, Lebanon, Japan, and Vietnam. The purpose of this course is to provide extensive knowledge literatures and (urban and non-urban) cultures in Québec. It explores how identities evolve in transcultural and global contexts, how they shift in relation to time and space, and more specifically it examines how literature represents these changes. Indeed, we will see that Québecois literature has moved away in the 60s from French tradition to open up to North American and various Third-World and non-Western arts and cultures in the 80s. This course comprises the study of the evolution of literary genres and artistic productions since the 60s, the impact of globalization, and immigration on literatures and visual productions from Québec. It also takes into account sociocultural theories about identity, nationhood, cultural diversity in Francophone and NorthAmericancontexts. It includes analysis of films and/or sequences of films on Québec and immigration.