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Richard Henry Watts
FRENCH 590
Seattle Campus

Special Seminar and Conference

Group seminars, or individual conferences, are scheduled under this number to meet special needs. Prerequisite: permission of the Graduate Program Coordinator.

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Aimé Césaire and his Worlds

With the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Martinican poet, playwright, and politician Aimé Césaire on June 26, 1913 as the pretext, we will read not only a sampling of Césaire’s poetic and dramatic works and essays, but also those of his contemporaries in Europe, Africa, and the Americas across the 20th century. In other words, we will read Césaire as a nodal point (and sometimes as a flash point) for discourses on anti-colonial and post/colonial politics, development/environmentalism, and, most notably, race. As we organize a graduate student colloquium on Césaire for the end of Winter quarter, we will aim to be attentive to other instances of memorialization (i.e, uses) of Césaire that this arbitrary celebration enables. Readings in English and French (reading knowledge of French required).

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Last Update by Jennifer M. Keene
Date: 11/01/2012