French 421

Literature of Francophone Louisiana

Professeur : D. Kress
Tel. 5252
Courriel: dkress@centenary.edu
Heures de bureau: 3-4 LMV

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Required texts:

Mercier, Alfred. L’Habitation St. Ybars. Les Cahiers du Tintamarre.
Paroles d’honneur : Écrits de Créoles de couleur néo-orléanais. Éd. Chris Michaelides. Éditions Tintamarre
Contes et Récits de la Louisiane créole. Texte établi par Ashley Owens. Les Cahiers du Tintamarre.


N.B. While most of the material you READ will date from the 19th century, expect to spend a great deal of classtime listenting to works produced during the 20th century. This material, part of Louisiana's rich oral tradition, will be available only in class. With this in mind your regular attendance in this class is of the utmost importance.

In this course we will focus on the literature of Francophone Louisiana. This domain of French literature, little studied until recently, produced rich prose and verse. We will attempt to arrive at an understanding of the ideas that shaped the literature of colonial Louisiana so that we may more justly appreciate the writings produced during the 300 years of Louisiana history. Until recently the thrust of French studies has tended to minimize the importance of the literature produced in former French colonies; today the 150,000 Louisiana French-speakers as well as the Francophone world are discovering this proud and vital literary heritage.

Grading for French 421

Quizzes 30, https://www.eztestonline.com/514121/index8.tpx
History and Culture Journals 20
Annotated Bibliography 30
Final Exam     20


History and Culture Journal

These journals must be written in French and will be based on material taken from the following list. Serious students of French should have a firm grasp of the events and movements that shape the history, culture, and literature of the century. Material from these assignments will be used on the quizzes as well as the final exam. These journals will focus on the following subjects:

Alfred Mercier                                                            Ronnie Chatelain
Alexandre Latil                                                           CODOFIL 
Sidonie de La Houssaye                                             Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville              
Alexandre Barde                                                        La Salle
Plessy v. Ferguson                                                      Louis Juchereau de St. Denis      
Charles Testut                                                            The Louisiana Purchase (including the states it comprised)     
Rodolphe Desdunes                                                    Origins of African slaves in Louisiana             
La Tribune de la Nouvelle Orléans                              Le Grand Dérangement                     
L'Abeille de la Nouvelle Orléans                                 Spanish interregnum                      
Define: Creole of Color                                               Haitian Revolution of 1804
          Cajun                                                               John Law
Joseph Broussard (Beausoleil)                                     Armand Lanusse
Zachary Richard                                                          Barry Jean Ancelet
Gwendolyn M. Hall                                                     Statehood and the first constitution
Sybil Kein                                                                   Kirby Jambon
Aristide Mary                                                              Caryn-Cossé Bell                      
Native Guard                                                              Bois-Sec Ardoin


N.B.
French minors will not be expected to show the same mastery of the material as French majors. In a similar way, those who are enrolled in this course as a senior seminar will be graded more rigorously than other students.

Annotated Bibliography: The bibliography will focus on Louisiana's place within the Francophone literary world. You are to create an annotated bibliography of all French language imprints published during the 19th century in former French colonies in the New World. The final version will be due on the day of the final exam. This is a research paper so get started early!

A language course is different from other courses at the college because you work on oral communication skills. The only place you can work on these skills is in class. Other classes may not require your attendance because you can learn the material from the book; however, there is no substitute for the dynamic interaction that takes place between you and your teacher--a trained language acquisition specialist. For this reason this course has a strong policy on absences.

Students who have 3 absences will have their final grade lowered one full letter. For additional absences there will be a penalty of 2 points per day before the letter grade is dropped.

EMPLOI DU TEMPS: 

I. Semaine du 8 janvier

mercredi: Introduction, Anthologie de poésie louisianaise du XIXe siècle

II. Semaine du 13 au 15 janvier
lundi: Anthologie de poésie louisianaise du XIXe siècle
mercredi: Anthologie de poésie louisianaise du XIXe siècle

III. Semaine du 20 au 22 janvier
lundi: MLK DAY
mercredi: Octavia.

IV. Semaine du 27 au 29 janvier
lundi: Octavia. Journal entries, Part I Due (8 entries)
mercredi: Octavia.

V. Semaine du 3 au 5 février
lundi: Octavia.
mercredi: Paroles d’honneur : Écrits de Créoles de couleur néo-orléanais

VI. Semaine du 10 au 12 février
lundi: Paroles d’honneur : Écrits de Créoles de couleur néo-orléanais
mercredi: Paroles d’honneur : Écrits de Créoles de couleur néo-orléanais

VII. Semaine du 17 au 19 février
lundi: Paroles d’honneur : Écrits de Créoles de couleur néo-orléanais
mercredi: Contes et Récits de la Louisiane créole, Journal entries, Part II Due (8 entries)

VIII. Semaine du 24 au 26 février
lundi: Contes et Récits de la Louisiane créole
mercredi: Contes et Récits de la Louisiane créole

IX. Semaine du 3 au 7 mars
lundi: Mardi Gras
mercredi: Mardi Gras
vendredi: Mardi Gras

X. Semaine du 10 au 12 mars
lundi: Alfred Mercier, L’Habitation Saint-Ybars.
mercredi: Alfred Mercier, L’Habitation Saint-Ybars.

XI. Semaine du 17 au 19 mars
lundi: Alfred Mercier, L’Habitation Saint-Ybars. Journal entries, Part III Due (8 entries)
mercredi: Alfred Mercier, L’Habitation Saint-Ybars.

XII. Semaine du 24 au 26 mars
lundi: Alfred Mercier, L’Habitation Saint-Ybars.
mercredi: Alfred Mercier, L’Habitation Saint-Ybars.

XIII. Semaine du 31 mars au 2 avril
lundi: Alfred Mercier, L’Habitation Saint-Ybars.
mercredi: Alfred Mercier, L’Habitation Saint-Ybars.

XIV. Semaine du 7 au 9 avril
lundi: Alfred Mercier, L’Habitation Saint-Ybars. Journal entries, Part IV Due
mercredi: La Renaissance Cadienne

XV. Semaine du 14 au 16 avril
lundi: La Renaissance Cadienne
mercredi: La Renaissance Cadienne

XVI. Semaine du 21 au 23 avril

lundi: Vers le XXIe siècle
mercredi: Vers le XXIe siècle
vendredi: le 25 avril, dernier jour de classes !