Course Description

ONLINE: How do Francophone women authors depict the society of their times? What do they write about tradition, submission, emancipation, inclusion? In this course taught entirely in French, five Francophone women authors, two from France, two from Senegal and one Acadian from New Brunswick, Canada, will give us a good idea of what it was like to live in the 19th and 20th centuries. For each author, a biography and a background of historical events and societal traits of their time will be provided. We will examine selected passages from novels by these five authors to ascertain what they said about life in particular times and places in Francophone cultures. For lack of time, we will not read whole novels, though students will be encouraged to do so. Even though we will be studying women authors, men will be the protagonists of some novels. By the end of the course, it is hoped that participants will see society through a whole new perspective and ponder whether it has evolved over time. | Lecture + Q&A, Facilitated discussion.

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