Aims/Description: Taking as its focus the current institution of francophonie, this course seeks to subvert the standard textbook presentation of francophie as an addition to French Studies courses through an exploration of the politics and polemics which have followed the idea of francophonie since its inception. Perceptions of the role of the French language is central: while francophonie is presented as an element of globalisation, the fact of using French remains tied to unresolved questions of power, identity and politics. Building upon critical awareness and knowledge of sub-Saharan African perspectives developed in the first semester, students will examine the very different debates over francophonie in North Africa in the second semester.

Restrictions on availability: Completion of L1 French language, post-A-level or beginners, or equivalent knowledge of French

Staff Contact: SMALL AUDREY H
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Independent Study
Assessment: Course work

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