This course is designed to
provide information and help understand the people and culture of three areas
of the African Continent: Maghreb
(North Africa), Cameroon
(West Africa) and Madagascar.After a brief survey of their geographical
characteristics, past history and present political and economic status, we
will focus on the richness and originality of each of these three peoples and
their culture.Reference material will
make use of a wide range of historical, literary, and audio-visual documents,
artifacts, with occasional living testimony of native guests.
Information and research
material will be provided through lectures, documentary material, literature,
and long-feature movies.Informal
discussions will allow understanding and assimilation of the specific
components of each of these three original peoples and cultures.
Assignments will consist in filling
questionnaires on historical and political material, writing detailed reports
on audio-visual and literary material, reading and analyzing literary material,
and writing and presenting to the class a research paper on one of the three
cultures studied this Summer.
All the audio-visual material is in
French with English subtitles.
Majors and Minors in French
Studies complete their assignments in French.
to the Historical Dictionary of Algeria,
Historical Dictionary of Cameroon,
Historical Dictionary of Madagascar(on reserve in Lake Superior State University Library)
AssiaDjebar, A Sister to Sheherazade, Heinemann, Porthmouth, N.H.
Dark Child, The Noonday Press, N.Y. 1994
Rafenomanjato Charlotte-Arrisoa,The Herd,
(text on reserve).
Camara Laye, L’enfant noir, Plon,
d’Alger dans leur appartement, Paris, 1980.
Le Cinquième sceau, L’Harmattan, paris, 1993.
Documentary:Islamic Art, African Art
Madagascar:AnganoAngano, Quand les étoiles rencontrent la mer
Disability Services and Accommodation
In compliance with Lake SuperiorStateUniversity policy and equal access laws,
disability-related accommodations or services are available.Students who desire such services are to meet
with the professor in a timely manner, preferably the first week of class, to
discuss their disability-related needs.Students will not receive services until they register with the ResourceCenter for Students with Disabilities (RCSD).Proper registration will enable the RCSD to
verify the disability and determine reasonable academic accommodations.RCSD is located in South Hall Office
206.The telephone number is (906)
Scholastic misconduct may be cause for a
failing grade, and information may be placed about the incident in the student’s
permanent file in the Office of Academic Affairs.Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not
limited to, cheating on assignments or examinations, plagiarizing,
misrepresenting work, or interfering with someone else’s work.