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9370: RE: 9349: Intro. to Francophone Cultures (fwd)

From: Karen Davis <kdavis@marygrove.edu>

	Georges request on Francophone Studies 

	Why must you use one textbook?  I have been teaching classes across
the humanities and social scienmces for thirty years, and rarely use a

	Why not start with a list of what you want students to learn, and
then search out the best available monographs, novels, essays, poems, and
scholarly articles? There are LOTS of sources for African francophone
nations, mostly written in French, of course, and a similar nice set of work
on francophone Caribbean, in French.

	A very interesting item on Africa is Christopher Miller's
Nationalists & Nomads: Essays on francophone African literature & culture, U
Chicago, 1998. Several general Caribbean collections include sections on
French-speaking or French-colonized areas, e.g. Cham's Ex-Iles, Poupeye's
little book on Caribbean art, & the Caribbean Currents music intro,
Ormerod's older intro to Fr. Caribbean novels.
	But why not put things on reserve & have students READ Glissant &
Roumain & Cesaire etc.--LISTEN to the music, see slides of artwork?  
	Karen F. Davis
	Humanities, Marygrove College