Le Grand Syllabus 2017/2018
Pedagogical Format : Elective Course validation : A presentation in class on one of the ﬁlms studied during the semester (40%) ; A written review of one of the associated course texts (10%) ; A ﬁnal written essay on a ﬁlm/ﬁlmmaker of the student's choice (40%) ; Class participation (10%). Workload : Extracts/articles by : Manthia Diawara (Oral Literature and African Film), bell hooks (Talking Back : Thinking Feminist, Thinking Black), Deleuze and Guattari (Pour une littérature mineure), Gayatri Spivak (Can the Subaltern Speak ?), Banyivanga Wainaina (How To Write About Africa). Films studied * : Wend Kuuni by Gaston Kaboré (Burkina Faso, 1982). Afrique je te plumerai by Jean-Marie Teno (Cameroon, 1991). Mossane by Saﬁ Faye (Senegal, 1996). Heremakono by Abderrahmane Sissako (Mauritania, 2002) Teza by Halie Gerima (Ethiopia, 2008) Confusion Na Wa by Kenneth Gyang (Nigeria, 2013). * For reasons of availability, the ﬁlms announced may be subject to changes Course Description : The objective of this course is to study, contextualize and understand contemporary sub-Saharan African cinema. Through the prism of questions of representation, we shall focus on this cinema's diversiﬁcation, both aesthetic or geographic, and continuities since the late 1980s. Alternating the viewing and analysis of a corpus of six contemporary feature ﬁlms, we shall study these works' cinematic form and content. Analysis will focus on the ﬁlms' themes in this period (history/memory ; women, exile, territoriality, diaspora, cultural hybridity), and their styles and genres (ﬁction, documentary, aesthetic diversiﬁcation). We shall also consider divergences between African auteur cinema and more recent Nollywood-esque productions. Required reading : Extracts/articles by : Manthia Diawara (Oral Literature and African Film), Gayatri Spivak (Can the Subaltern Speak ?), 190
Banyivanga Wainaina (How To Write About Africa), Chandra Talpade Mohanty (Under Western Eyes : Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses), Onookome Okome (Nollywood and its Critics).
CONTINENT OF PEACE, COOPERATION AND DEMOCRACY ? 20TH CENTURY EUROPE (A)
Semester : Autumn Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English
Teachers : Roman KRAKOVSKY (Chercheur associé). Prerequisite : A background in political history of Contemporary Europe is an asset. However, there is no speciﬁc requirement. Pedagogical Format : Elective Course validation : Grades will be determined by the weighted average of reading (40 pages per week) and active participation in class discussion (40%), three short oral presentations (30%), a presentation of iconographic document (15%) and a confrontation (15%). Workload : Compulsory readings and personal presentations. Pedagogical Method : The course is organized in the form of collective discussions around the corpus of textual records (testimonies, essays, literature, political speeches, etc.) and iconographic material (art, political communication, cinema, etc.) related to studied issues. Course Description : Europe, a continent of peace, cooperation and democracy ? Or rather a continent where the support for democracy remains delicate, the cooperation difﬁcult to implement and the peace regularly endangered ? The objective of this course is to consider recent history of Europe and to bring to light major issues to which Eastern and Western part of the continent were confronted in the era of the masses (late 19th - 21st centuries) in all their complexity : the manufacturing of modern citizenship, the nation building, the crisis of democracy and the rise of new social issues. Recent and ancient historiography will be mobilized as well as the arts, philosophy, sociology and anthropology.