What is Dr. MG teaching this semester?

Spring 2024 – FREN 8205

Postcolonial Paris (Graduate Seminar)

This course traces the significance of France, and especially Paris for Arab and Black populations living in Paris. We will explore Postcolonial Paris chronologically to trace the historical experience, intellectual history, “civil rights movements”, and artistic production of the African diaspora. We will explore Paris as the capital of this diaspora (defined largely as both Maghrebi and Sub-Saharan Africans). We will discuss the presence of Afro-descendants as foreigners, immigrants as well as French citizens and see how they belong to, appropriate, reject, interact with this Parisian space. We will take an interdisciplinary approach and discuss topics as wide as literature, film, music, sports, arts among other disciplines.

Throughout the semester, we will study novels written in French by writers from former French colonies. Focusing specifically on Paris, West Africa, the Caribbean, we will explore the cultural, historical, and political issues raised by these texts, and observe the way they participate in postcolonial resistance or acceptance. An underlying theme of our discussion will be the definition of Paris as “home;” and Parisian “identity” we will address how these authors problematize the idea of home, both for the colonizer and the colonized, forcing them, at times, to become “other.”

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Fall 2024 – FREN 4401

Introduction to Francophone Cultures (Undergraduate Course)

Join me at the vibrant intersection where Afro-beats, Alokos, Afro-Hair, Comics, and Afro-Podcasting collide, igniting our electrifying journey into Francophone cultures!

In this exciting introductory course, we’ll embark on a thrilling exploration of what defines culture, diving deep into its intricacies and nuances. Prepare to unravel the secrets of cultural analysis as we dissect terminology, decode social movements, and unearth the vibrant tapestry of Francophone societies.

From the sun-kissed shores of the French Caribbean to the bustling streets of West Africa and beyond, we’ll traverse the social, cultural, and historical landscapes, shining a spotlight on the dynamic interplay of race, class, gender, and political ideologies within the French-speaking world.

Get ready to immerse yourself in the interpretation and analysis of cultural texts, institutions, and the myriad facets of national, mass, and popular cultures unique to the Francophone context. Get ready to be captivated, challenged, and inspired as we embark on this exhilarating journey together!

Artist: Aurélia Durand —>

Spring 2025

Coming up…

Black France (2000-level GE Course taught in French)

FREN 4401, “World Literature in French” / Topics in French and Francophone Studies (Taught in French)

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