CAAS 385 - African Literature
Section: 001 South Africa: Apartheid and After
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Credits:
3
Requirements & Distribution:
HU
Waitlist Capacity:
unlimited
Consent:
With permission of instructor.
Class Misc Info:
This class satisfies the New Traditions.
Advisory Prerequisites:
CAAS 200.
Other Course Info:
(African Studies).
Repeatability:
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. Course conducted in interactive lecture format. Assignments will include short essays and at least one exam.

List of likely texts: Coetzee, Disgrace; Fugard, Sizwe Bansi Is Dead; Gordimer, July's People; Mda, Ways of Dying; Mpe, Welcome to our Hillbrow; Paton, Cry, the Beloved Country; Wicomb, You Can't Get Lost in Cape Town; and shorter readings from the magazines Drum and Staffrider. Possible films: Amandla!, Forgiveness, Conversations on a Sunday Afternoon, Tsotsi, District 9.

CAAS 385 - African Literature
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
P
36025
Open
22
 
-
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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ISBN: 9780743262170
Cry, the beloved country, Author: Alan Paton., Publisher: Scribner 1st Scribn 2003
Required
ISBN: 9780869809952
Welcome to our Hillbrow, Author: Mpe, Phaswane., Publisher: University of Natal Press 2001
Required
ISBN: 9780140061406
July's people, Author: Nadine Gordimer., Publisher: Penguin Books Repr. 1982
Required
ISBN: 0312420919
Ways of dying a novel, Author: Zakes Mda, Publisher: Picador 1. Picador 2002
Required
ISBN: 0143115286
Disgrace., Author: J.M. Coetzee., Publisher: Penguin Group USA 2008
Required
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