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FRW4751/5934: Francophone Literature of the Caribbean

Course Guide for FRW4751/5934, Dr. Pascale Bécel, Fall 2016

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Here're examples of subject headings related to the class topic. Subject headings are often combined. I use dashes below to show subject headings with different elements but it's not necessary to use them in your own searches.:

Condé, Maryse--Criticism and interpretation (typical subject heading search for critical material on a literary author)

Guadeloupe literature--History and criticism (typical subject headings to find literary histories and critical materials.)

Haitian literature--History and criticism

Martinican literature--History and criticism

Most subject headings on literature combine the adjective form of a country or region with a literary genre and sometimes a linguistic component. For example, Caribbean poetry, West Indies (French) or Caribbean drama (French).

Other useful headings:

Creole dialects, French

Creoles in literature

French language--Martinique

Motion pictures--Caribbean Area

National characteristics, Caribbean

Negritude (Literary movement)

Race relations in literature

Theater--West Indies, French

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Georges Liataud

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