AAS 346 - Literature in African History
Section: 001
Term: FA 2012
Subject: Afroamerican & African Studies (AAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
AAS 111 and 200.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course is about the history of African literature. The reading list includes some great works — novels by Africa's most eminent writers, epic poetry from medieval western Africa, plays from socialist Tanzania. But instead of focusing on the texts in themselves, we'll study how African writers, in their creative work, participated in the political and moral arguments of their time. In epic dramas, in novels, in poetry and in autobiographies, African composers conjured up audiences, fired them with a shared vision of the past and the future, and set them on a forward path together. By studying the social and political work that African writers did, this course explores the intersection of literature and history, and of imagination and politics.

Course Requirements:

There will be a mid-term examination and a final examination to test students' knowledge of the assigned texts, and a final paper where students will practice the work of interpreting literature.

Intended Audience:

This class has no required prerequisites, and all students interested in African literature and history are encouraged to enroll.

Class Format:

The course will be taught primarily as a discussion-based seminar, though the teacher will offer short lectures to explicate the reading.

AAS 346 - Literature in African History
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

ISBN: 0435902296
Chaka, Author: Thomas Mofolo, Publisher: Heinemann Repr. 1983
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0808592777
Things fall apart, Author: Chinua Achebe., Publisher: Anchor Books 1st Anchor 1994
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0802133630
The palm-wine drinkard, Author: Amos Tutuola., Publisher: Grove Press [Nachdr.] 2004
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0865439990
Matigari., Publisher: Africa World Press
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0385425139
The famished road, Author: Ben Okri., Publisher: Anchor Books, Random House 1. Anchor 2002
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0143185403
Mhudi, Author: Sol T. Plaatje., Publisher: Penguin 2005
Other Textbook Editions OK.
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