French 120: Literature and Child Soldiers in Africa

Instructor: Alain Mabanckou

During these past decades, we have witnessed the national armed forces or armed groups using children in Africa in several conflicts and during civil wars. African literature addresses these questions, notably the Ivorian writer Ahmadou Kourouma in two of his novels, Allah n’est pas obligé and Quand on refuse on dit non. In this course we will analyze the presence of children in conflicts through Kourouma’s novels and some theoretical articles from prominent scholars. Taught in French.