CAAS 385 - Topics in African Literature
Section: 001 The Rise of the African Novel
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Class Misc Info:
This course will meet the New Traditions requirement for English concentrators.
Advisory Prerequisites:
CAAS 200.
Other Course Info:
(African Studies).
May be elected twice for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course offers a broad introduction to the "rise of the African novel." We will read both canonized and non-canonical novels from across sub-Saharan Africa, as well as some of the classic theory and criticism that has attended the development of the novel in Africa over the past fifty years. The course is intended to provide a starting point for further study in the African novel and a general introduction to some of the sociological, aesthetic, political, and historical problematics that have characterized the emergence of the genre in the late-colonial, postcolonial, and "globalization" eras.

Probably novels (approximate cost: $70-100) : Abani, Chris. Graceland; Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart; Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi. Purple Hibiscus; Aidoo, Ama Ata. Our Sister Killjoy; Armah, Ayi Kwei. The Beautyful Ones Are Not Yet Born; Farah, Nuruddin. Maps; Mda, Zakes. Ways of Dying; Ngugi wa Thiong'o. Matigari; Tutuola, Amos. The Palm-wine Drinkard; Vera, Yvonne. Without a Name.
Assignments: two short papers (provocations); midterm and final paper; regular CTools discussion postings.

CAAS 385 - Topics in African Literature
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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