CAAS 385 - African Literature
Section: 001 South Africa: Apartheid and After
Term: WN 2009
Subject: Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Class Misc Info:
This class satisfies the New Traditions requirement for English concentrators.
Advisory Prerequisites:
CAAS 200.
Other Course Info:
(African Studies).
May be elected twice for credit.
Primary Instructor:

In South Africa, the past sixty years have seen the legislation of institutionalized racism in the policy known as apartheid; decades of protest and repression; and the emergence of popular movements in South Africa and abroad that compelled the apartheid state to enter a process of negotiation that would ultimately lead to its own demise in the democratic election of 1994. Throughout this tumultuous and often violent history, writers and other artists bore witness to life under apartheid; faced censorship, banning, and exile; and debated the ways in which culture could be a "weapon of struggle." The years since the election of Nelson Mandela reflect the possibilities and difficulties of a young democracy, including the remarkable national drama of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and new struggles against an HIV/AIDS pandemic and the stubborn legacies of the apartheid era.

This course traces the multiple, profoundly important roles that cultural production has played in the consolidation of apartheid, as well as its demise and aftermath. Our texts will include novels, short stories, memoirs, plays, poetry, and films, with some attention to other visual culture and music as well. Assignments will include short essays and at least one exam.

List of possible texts:
Coetzee, Disgrace
Duiker, Thirteen Cents
Fugard, Sizwe Bansi Is Dead
Gordimer, July's People
Krog, In the Country of My Skull
La Guma, A Walk in the Night
Magona, Mother to Mother
Mda, Ways of Dying
Mpe, Welcome to our Hillbrow
Ndebele, Fools and Other Stories
Paton, Cry, the Beloved Country
Serote, To Every Birth its Blood
Wicomb, You Can't Get Lost in Cape Town

Readings from the magazines Drum and Staffrider

Films: Amandla!, Forgiveness, Conversations on a Sunday Afternoon, Tsotsi

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