Littérature et civilisation

Diplômes intégrant cet élément pédagogique :


A_Cours de Littérature transculturelle (1h30/12 semaines)

par Marie Mianowski professeure d’études irlandaises et littératures anglophones

This course examines the representations of home and the concepts of ‘place’ and ‘placelessness’ in short stories in English from various contexts and horizons (Africa, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean islands, India, Ireland, Canada, but also from various diasporas in the UK and the US). 

The short stories will be accessible on the moodle platform.


B_ Cours de Civilisation : American Social Movements

par Michael Foley, professeur de civilisation américaine  

In this course, we will examine modes of political engagement beyond mainstream politics in the United States, particularly in the years during and since the decade most popularly associated with political activism: the 1960s. What options do citizens have when they feel their moral and ethical concerns are being neglected by their elected representatives? We will examine the strengths and weaknesses of a grassroots, participatory engagement with American democracy, using insights from social movement theorists to explain the conditions in which citizens mobilize outside the mainstream, the strategies and tactics they use, and their relative success in achieving their goals. We will examine a number of historical case studies on race and ethnicity, war and peace, gender and sexuality, the environment, etc.


A _ Cours de Littérature transculturelle :

Compulsory Reading

Short stories by (for example) Jhumpa Lahiri, Colum McCann, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Anita Desai, Nadine Gordimer…

Further Reading

  • Short stories in English…
  • HELFF, Sissy. Unreliable Truths : Transcultural Homeworlds in Indian Women’s Fiction of the Diaspora. Amsterdam : Rodopi, 2013.
  • INGOLD, Tim. Lines ; a History, London : Routledge, 2008.

-------------------- Being Alive: Essays on Movement, Knowledge and Description. London: Routledge, 2012.

  • MALPAS, Jeff. ‘Putting space in place: philosophical topography and relational geography.’ Environment and Planning D: Society and Space2 (2012). 226-242.
  • MASSEY, Doreen. For Space. London : Routledge,


B _ Cours de Civilisation : American Social Movements

David A. Snow, Sarah A. Soule, and Hanspeter Kriesi, The Blackwell Companion to Social Movements (Malden, MA: 2007)

Jeff Goodwin, James Jasper and Francesca Polletta, eds., Passionate Politics: Emotions and Social Movements (Chicago: 2001).

Francesca Polletta, It Was Like a Fever: Storytelling in Protest and Politics (Chicago: 2006)

David S. Meyer, The Politics of Protest: Social Movements in America (New York: Oxford, 2007)

Michael Stewart Foley, Front Porch Politics: The Forgotten Heyday of American Activism in the 1970s and 1980s (New York: Hill & Wang, 2013)

Frances Fox Piven, Challenging Authority: How Ordinary People Change America (Oxford: Rowman and Littlefield, 2006)

Francesca Polletta, Freedom is an Endless Meeting: Democracy in American Social Movements (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2002).

Donna Jean Murch, Living for the City: Migration, Education, and the Rise of the Black Panther Party in Oakland, California (Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 2010)

Marshall Ganz, Why David Sometimes Wins: Leadership, Organization, and Strategy in the California Farm Worker Movement (New York: Oxford, 2009).

Sara Evans, Personal Politics: The Roots of Women’s Liberation in the Civil Rights Movement and the New Left (New York: Vintage, 1980),

Donald Critchlow, Phyllis Schlafly and Grassroots Conservatism: A Woman’s Crusade (Princeton: Princeton UP, 2005)

Michael S. Foley, Confronting the War Machine: Draft Resistance during the Vietnam War (Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 2003)

Chandra Russo, Solidarity in Practice: Moral Protest and the US Security State (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018)

Adam Rome, The Genius of Earth Day: How a 1970 Teach-in Unexpectedly Made the First Green Generation (New York: Hill & Wang, 2013)

Informations complémentaires

Lieu(x) : Grenoble
Langue(s) : Anglais, Français