ENGL-195 African Novel
Fall for 2014-2015
This course examines works from Nigeria, Kenya, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Senegal, and South Africa that have made a significant impact on the history of the African novel. We will address issues specific to each work’s cultural and historical context, as well as consider how each text speaks to debates about the relationships among literature and history in postcolonial and Africana studies today. Writers include Amos Tutuola, Ousmene Sembene, Bessie Head, J. M. Coetzee, Nadine Gordimer, Tsitsi Dangeremgba, and others. We will also read nonfictional writings by African historians, cultural theorists, and literary critics to help us situate the novels. Some issues we will consider: how do African novels interact with or challenge some of the features of European literature? What role does gender and sexuality play in the construction of African identities and politics? Is there such a thing as "the" African novel, and how might definitions of the novel change when we look at different forms of African writing? Requirements include 3 short papers (5-7 pages), two quizzes, and class participation (class is run in seminar format).
Prerequisites: HUMW 011 (or equivalent course or AP credit)
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