dr. J.M.L. den Toonder
Gendering Literature and Culture (BA year 2, semester 1, 2020-2021 elective)
This course introduces students to relevant theories and methods in the field of gender studies focusing on literature and literary history in the 20th and 21st centuries. After an introduction into the history and development of gender studies in general and within the field of literary theory, theoretical key texts will be discussed. The course addresses questions such as the following: Which factors and relations determine gender in humanities? How is gender reflected in literary texts? Is there a difference between highbrow literature and lowbrow literature? How are LGBT persons described in cultural-historical texts such as (auto)biographies, documentaries and (YouTube)blogs, vlogs/movies? Does gender matter in migrant and minority writing? In oral and written course assignments students will apply a gendered perspective on literary and cultural-historical texts and rewrite selected Wikipedia texts.
In collaboration with dr. Vera Veldhuizen.
Une auteure, une oeuvre: Gabrielle Roy (Masterlanguage, 1e semester 2020-2021)
Ce cours offre une vue d'ensemble de l'œuvre de l'une des grand(e)s auteur(e)s de la littérature francophone dans son contexte historique et critique. Native de la province Manitoba, Gabrielle Roy (1909-1983) est l'une des écrivaines francophones les plus connues au Canada. Son premier roman, qu'elle publie à la fin de la Seconde Guerre mondiale, Bonheur d'occasion (1945), remporte un succès fulgurant. En tant que romancière, elle rejette le conformisme (féminin) et elle crée un espace où les voix marginalisées se font entendre. Dans ce cours, nous proposons d'étudier son œuvre en insistant sur quatre sphères spécifiques : l'histoire littéraire, les rapports entre l'art et la littérature, les Premières Nations et l'autobiographie/l'autofiction. Ces catégories montrent l'influence de son œuvre dans les domaines des mouvements et genres littéraires, et elles insistent sur l'interdisciplinarité de ses textes ainsi que sur son intérêt pour l'expériences des peuples autochtones du Canada.
This Masterlanguage course will be taught in French, in collaboration with dr. Marjolein van Tooren (VU).
Special topics 1a Canada and the US: Political Negotiations of (Cultural) Differences (BA year 1, semester 2 2020-2021)
In this course unit students are introduced to Canadian society from a historical and comparative perspective, focusing on transatlantic relationships with Europe as well as on the convergences and (cultural) differences between Canada and the U.S. By examining a variety of topics such as the connection between Francophone and Anglophone Canada and bilingualism, Free Trade Agreements, popular culture, media and national identity, representations of space and identity, federal and provincial politics in relation to Indigenous peoples, students will gain insight in the complexity of Canadian society and questions of identity, Canada's transatlantic allegiance, and its dynamic relationship with the U.S.
Special topics 1b Canada's Cultural Mosaic: Diversity as Strength? (BA year 1, semester 2 2020-2021)
One of the most important elements of Canadian federal policy was the introduction of official multiculturalism in the 1970s. In 1988, the federal government passed the Canadian Multiculturalism Act. Central to this policy was the official recognition of the diverse cultures in a plural society. In understanding official multiculturalism in a broader context, it is necessary to first examine its basic values. This examination will be followed by a critical discussion of the situation of cultural and linguistic minorities within Canada, which will for example touch upon questions of liberal multiculturalism, multicultural theory and practices, postcolonialism, mixed race and so-called visible minorities. The course also includes a comparative perspective,examining immigration policies and issues of citizenship in Canada, Europe and the U.S. and discussing the Canadian mosaic in relation to the U.S. melting pot.
French-Iranian Women's Literature (MA, semester 2, 2020-2021)
For many decades, France was the privileged place for the Iranian elite to study in Europe. Most of this elite was francophone, and France was their terrain of political formation. Since the Iranian revolution of 1979, the image of France acquires a new meaning, when Iranian intellectuals went into exile primarily in France during the first years of the revolution. In this course we will examine the Iranian diaspora through the female voice by considering a variety of issues such as gender politics, the role of female migrant writers as cultural transmitters, religious representations and national symbols and the (im)possibility of a transnational voice. The case-studies will focus on Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel/film Persepolis (2001/2007), Chahdortt Djavann's novel Comment peut-on être français? (2006),Nahal Tajadod’s autobiographical account Passeport à l'iranienne (2007) and Négar Djavadi's novel Désorientales (2016).
This course will be taught in French.
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