Le Grand Syllabus 2017/2018
Pedagogical Format : Elective Course Description : Recently, the memory of American slavery has returned to haunt US society, politics and culture (e.g. police killings, controversies over the Confederate ﬂag and Yale University's ties to slavery, the opening of museums of African American slavery and resistance, a spate of Hollywood movies on slavery and race). The course will focus on this return by examining the body of slavery (the corpus delicti, as it were) and some of its ghosts in US public space today. Our touchstones will be two landmark texts : Frederick Douglass's Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave : Written By Himself (1845 edition), whose author President Trump seems to think is still alive— and he is ; and The Fire Next Time (1963) by James Baldwin, another major ﬁgure of African American letters whose voice has also returned with a bang in Raoul Peck's documentary “I Am Not Your Negro” (2016). Additionally, we shall ponder other manifestations of slavery's return in society, politics and culture, with a special emphasis on ﬁlm. More broadly, we shall place slavery's contemporary resurgence in the broad context of representations of African Americans since the 19th century. Required reading : Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave : Written By Himself (Penguin Classics, with an introduction by Houston Baker). NB : only the 1845 edition will do ; James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time (Vintage ed.).
it is easy to see whether the work done is regular or not. Students are therefore assessed on their responsivness about the teacher's comments and what they really want to say in their plays. 2°) Acting : Students are expected to know their text and rehearse when it is asked. A sense of commitment will be also evaluated. A ﬁnal presentation will be put in place to present what we've written together. 3°) Punctuality and participation : Theatre is a collective art. This requires to be on time, present and to participate at the discussion during the class. Pedagogical Method : The semester is devided into two parts : The ﬁrst three sessions are dedicated to writing activities. The second three sessions to acting and performances. We will work in group or individually to write short plays and monologues. In class, we ﬁrst read and discuss some texts and topics about Asian dramatic literature, related to our own researches. Then, the creative writing workshop starts, with some practical exercices and discussions with the whole group. Every student are really encouraged to participate. Regardless the work we've done after the ﬁrst three sessions, we will directly experiment them on stage. The creative writing workshop becomes a drama workshop. Course Description : The class deals with an active and accessible initiation to theatre, through dramatic creative writing and acting. The students are invited to write their own plays, with the help of the teacher and the entire group. Secondly, the group will be asked to act their own plays and to set up a presentation, in order to make real what has been previously written. We will take inspiration from various literary sources, priorily theatre but also novels, political speeches or poetry, from Europe and Asia. The ﬁrst goal of our class is to grasp the main rules of dramatic writing and acting. Students will experiment how to create stories, to commit to an artistic and personal point of view and to defend it to its very end. By acting their own plays, not only will they be introduced to how using their voice and body on stage but also to defend the texts they
REVOLTS AND REVOLUTIONS THROUGHOUT CREATIVE WRITING
Semester : Spring Number of hours : 24 Language of tuition : English
Teachers : Paul FRANCESCONI (Author). Pedagogical Format : Workshop Course validation : To validate the course, the student is expected to pass the following assignments : 1°) Writing : two exercises will be asked through the semester : a monologue (written in