Spring 2023 African-American Studies UN1003 section 001

Blackness and Frenchness: A Radical Gene

Blackness and Frenchness

Call Number 18021
Day & Time
R 2:10pm-4:00pm
606 Lewisohn Hall
Points 4
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Veronique Charles
Method of Instruction In-Person
Course Description

How have Black radicals embraced the French language and, at times, Frenchness without espousing France’s dominance and its doctrines of assimilation? This course explores the watershed moments from the past three centuries that redefine the articulations of blackness in French, in France and beyond—from revolutionary or constitutional independence in the post-colony to recent social movements in continental Europe. In addition to the opening inquiry, guiding questions for this course include but are not limited to the following. What kinds of state-sanctioned backlash in France have ensued in the face of affirmative reclamations of blackness (e.g. Négritude and Afroféminisme)?  And, what are the historical linkages between Black radicalism in France and the United States? Through an intra-imperial and inter-imperial lens, this course will center contributions from Black writers, artists, and intellectuals of divergent colonial histories with especial consideration to those for whom French and France is their native language and land.

Web Site Vergil
Department African American and African Diaspora
Enrollment 12 students (15 max) as of 9:07PM Thursday, April 11, 2024
Subject African-American Studies
Number UN1003
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
Campus Morningside
Section key 20231AFAS1003W001