Comparative Literature | Intro to African Lit
C261 | 28839 | E. Julien

3 cr
meets MW 4:00-6:30 pm
Course Meets 2nd 8-weeks only
Carries A&H & CS Distribution Credit

This course will introduce you to foundational and contemporary
African literary texts.  We will consider proverbs and the
performance of narratives, generally termed "oral literature," from
different regions of the continent and read recent examples of the
novel, poetry, autobiography, drama, and cinema, such as Amos
Tutuola's The Palm Wine Drinkard, Bessie Head's Maru, Chimamanda
Ngozi Adichie's Half of a Yellow Sun, Boubacar Boris Diop's Murambi:
The Book of Bones, Ngugi wa Thiongo's Matigari, Abdellatif Laabi's
Rue du retour, Salem Mekuria's Deluge, Athol Fugard et al's Sizwe
Bansi is Dead, Ama Ata Aidoo's Anowa, and Joseph Gai Ramaka's Karmen

From magical love story to feminist rebellion, from fantastic tales
to detective story, we will pay attention both to the formal
qualities of these works and the broad historical conditions
affecting African literatures and cultures, including the
continent's experience with European languages.  We will focus on
issues such as pre-colonial social and political relations,
colonialism and decolonization, anti-apartheid politics, gender and
racial identities, and disenchantment with the postcolonial state.
There will also be a few critical readings on African politics and
culture. Some of these will be used to frame the course, and others
as critical introductions to thematic or formal issues in specific

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