AAS 385 - African Literature
Section: 001 Contemporary African Literature
Term: WN 2018
Subject: Afroamerican & African Studies (AAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
AAS 200.
Other Course Info:
(African Studies).
May be elected twice for credit.
Primary Instructor:

In this course we will study recent novels and essays by African and African migrant writers. Our discussions will center on close readings of the texts as well as on the larger social and literary contexts in which they emerge. Among the topics to be discussed will be the politics of language in African literary production, the social power of literature, the representation of history in literary texts, the question of imported genres, the role of the writer in presenting a critique of colonial and postcolonial society, the experience of migration and the predicament of ethnic and sexual minorities. Texts studied will include Zakes Mda, Heart of Redness; Helon Habila, Oil on Water; Maaza Mengiste, Beneath the Lion’s Gaze; Patina Gappah, The Book of Memory; Peter Kimani, Dance of the Jacaranda and Laila Lalami, Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits.

AAS 385 - African Literature
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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ISBN: 9780312421748
The heart of redness, Author: Mda, Zakes., Publisher: Picador 2000
ISBN: 9780393339642
Oil on water : a novel, Author: Helon Habila., Publisher: W. W. Norton & Co. 1st Americ 2011
ISBN: 9780393338881
Beneath the lion's gaze : a novel, Author: Maaza Mengiste., Publisher: W.W. Norton 2010
ISBN: 1250117925
The Book of Memory, Author: Patina Gappah, Publisher: Picador
ISBN: 161775496X
Dance of the Jacaranda, Author: Peter Kimani, Publisher: Akashic Books
ISBN: 9781565127517
Hope & other dangerous pursuits, Author: Laila Lalami., Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill 1st ed. 2005
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