FREN 4470 Paris Noir (Fall: 3 )
Since the Negritude movement of the 1930s, Africans and the diaspora have been making their mark on Paris. This course explores Black Paris through the different manifestations of the French fascination with Blackness, the presence of African-Americans during the Harlem Renaissance, and in various forms of cultural expression (literature, film, autobiography and music) by Black Parisians themselves. Taking on subjects as different as the "Venus Hottentot," Negritude poetry, performances by Josephine Baker, French rap, and "banlieue" films and novels by Calixthe Beyala and Bernard Dadie, among others. We will consider different ways of imagining Blackness in the Parisian context.
Instructor(s): Regine Jean-Charles
Last Updated: 26-Feb-15