Spring 2023

Contemporary Francophone African Womxn Writers

Listed in: Black Studies, as BLST-354  |  French, as FREN-354


Monika Brodnicka (Section 01.)


While most of us are familiar with African novelists in the Anglophone world, such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche, we are less acquainted with their Francophone counterparts, who have just as much to offer through the portrayal of their unique realities. In a world that is challenging and often hostile to womxn, especially those of African descent, Francophone African womxn writers offer their own stories, perspectives, and solutions. From the locus of their homelands or their adopted countries, between Europe and Africa, these authors touch on topics as diverse as immigration, identity, trauma, love, racism, and healing. The emergent themes from these discussions highlight the distinctive Francophone African voices as well as their universal applications to contemporary realities. We will engage both local and global contexts through different literary genres, such as novels, academic articles, plays, poetry, music, and film. Readings may include Veronique Tadjo, Aimer selon Veronique Tadjo, Fatou Diome, Les veilleurs de Sanghomar, Rokhaya Diallo, A Nous la France, Diary Sow, Je pars, and Nathalie M’Dela Mounier, Black Casting. Taught in French.

Spring semester. Professor Brodnicka

How to handle overenrollment:

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: emphasis on reading, oral presentations, and group work; written and project-based assignments; course in language other than English

BLST 354 - LEC

Section 01.
M 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM OCTA 200
W 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM OCTA 200


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2014, Spring 2023