French 121: Introduction to the Fiction of Francophone Subsaharan Africa*

Instructor: Alain Mabanckou

Ahmadou Kourouma showed in Les Soleils des Indépendances the disillusionments after the independences of the African nations. Camara Laye, with L’Enfant noir, distinguished himself by painting the Africa of his childhood when African writers were expected to be very socially committed. Mariama Bâ in Une si longue lettre presents the voices of African women. This course is intended to approach the literature of Subsaharan French-speaking Africa. It helps to understand how the novel has always been close to African history, but increasingly stands out, with the globalization of the world. Taught in French.

*Course taught in conjunction with a graduate seminar.