Fall 2018

Paris and France in the African Imagination

Listed in: French, as FREN-368


Samba Gadjigo (Section 01)


The relation between colonizer and colonized is twofold. On the one hand, we have a visible, concrete and immediate form of domination. It is military, economic, social and political. It constrains the body. On the other hand, we have an ideological form of colonization, which is less visible and yet more destructive: that of the mind. This course will have two components. First, we will briefly summarize how the colonizers constructed and controlled both their own image and that of the “silenced,” colonized other, through a system of education and the creation of major narratives (textbooks, essays, literature, and film). Second, we will more substantively explore how, from WWI through the early 1960’s, the colonized, breaking their silence, used the pen and the camera to account for their own lived experiences of the “Métropole” (Paris and France as a whole). Conducted in French.

Requisite: One of the following—FREN 207, 208 or the equivalent. Limited to 18. Fall semester. Visiting Professor Gadjigo (Mount Holyoke College).

If Overenrolled: Priority given to Amherst College students by seniority.


Attention to Issues of Gender and Sexuality, Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Research, Attention to Speaking, Attention to Writing, Languages Other Than English


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2018