In a manifesto published in Le Monde in 2007, forty-four French-language writers proclaimed the end of the idea of la francophonie and the “birth of a world literature in French” whose only borders were the mind itself. We will study this manifesto and responses to it and will then read recent fiction by four of its signatories. We consider such issues as claims of universalism versus historical and geographical particularities, the relationship between “world literature” in French and in English (not to mention in other languages), the problem of monolingualism, and the role of the international literary marketplace in shaping conceptions of national and world literatures. We will also consider the additional layer that we bring to these questions as we read French-language works in English-language translations. Students will do lots of informal and formal writing, including reflective, critical, and creative pieces.
Klaus, Carrie, "GFS 207A/WLIT 215A French Literature as World Literature (taught in English) Klaus Spring 2023" (2023). Course Syllabi. 199, Scholarly and Creative Work from DePauw University.