ENGLISH 385 - African Literature
Winter 2018, Section 001 - Contemporary African Literature
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Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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Requirements & Distribution:
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
AAS 200.
May be elected twice for credit.
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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.


ENGLISH 385 - African Literature
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
1/3/18 - 4/17/18

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