Études Queer/Contextes Francophones

In Études Queer/Contextes Francophones students will explore the theme of queerness in Francophone literary, cinematic and theoretical works. The course will firstly address queer bodies—ethnicities, sexualities and genders—as tropes in Francophone literature and film from France, Tunisia, Quebec, Guinea, Senegal, Belgium and the Congo. A second facet of our study will consider how the Francophone works themselves are queer, that is, how the singular nature of each work challenges traditional-French, hexagonal modes of narration, as well as how their creators interact with, challenge, and transform the French language.

This course also introduces students to foundational texts in literary theory to be read alongside francophone works. From the standpoint that the term “queer” can be used to describe that which is new and different from expected norms, this course considers theoretical movements which, in their inception, might also have been considered “queer”: Feminist Theory, Critical Race Theory, Queer Theory, Postcolonial Theory.