AAS 346 - Literature in African History
Section: 001
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Afroamerican & African Studies (AAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course is about the history of African literature. The reading list includes some of the founding works in the field. It also includes lesser-known texts: novels published serially in West African newspapers; editorial writings from early Christian converts; a play from a beleaguered Ugandan author. We’ll be studying how African writers, in their creative work, participated in the political and moral arguments of their time. Literature was not an escape from real life. African writers did work in their texts: they 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. The course is organized around three national literatures: the literatures of Nigeria, of Kenya, and of South Africa. In each of the case studies we’ll be tracing the historical development of a particular literary tradition, studying how authors commented on the changing politics of their homelands. We’ll also be exploring a set of cross-cutting themes that draw the three case studies together. Some of these texts define and defend a national community. Other texts depict the crisis of urban life in twentieth century Africa. In the whole of our work together we’ll be asking a set of questions about the vocation of the literary writer. What were these authors doing in their own time? What was literature good for?

Course Requirements:

No data submitted

Intended Audience:

Undergraduates interested in African literature and history.

Class Format:

Lecture + seminar.

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: 0143106767
A grain of wheat, Author: Ng?g? wa Thiong'o ; introduction by Abdulrazak Gurnah., Publisher: Penguin Books Rev. ed. 2012
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 1400095204
Half of a yellow sun, Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie., Publisher: Anchor Books 1st Anchor 2007
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 1478609575
Mhudi, Author: Sol T Plaatje., Publisher: Waveland Press 2014
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0385474547
Things fall apart, Author: Chinua Achebe., Publisher: Anchor Books 1st Anchor 1994
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 0316230847
We need new names : a novel / NoViolet Bulawayo, Publisher: Back Bay Books First Back 2014
Other Textbook Editions OK.
ISBN: 9781101971062
Homegoing, Author: Gyasi, Yaa.
Other Textbook Editions OK.
Syllabi are available to current LSA students. IMPORTANT: These syllabi are provided to give students a general idea about the courses, as offered by LSA departments and programs in prior academic terms. The syllabi do not necessarily reflect the assignments, sequence of course materials, and/or course expectations that the faculty and departments/programs have for these same courses in the current and/or future terms.

Click the button below to view historical syllabi for AAS 346 (UM login required)

View Historical Syllabi
The CourseProfile (ART) system, supported by the U-M Provost’s 3rd Century Initiative through a grant to the Office of Academic Innovation, provides additional information about: course enrollments; academic terms and instructors; student academic profiles (school/college, majors), and previous, concurrent, and subsequent course enrollments.

CourseProfile (ART)