Travel Narratives and African History|
Fall 2011 not offered
|Course Cluster: African Studies|
This first-year seminar examines Arab, European, African, and American travel narratives of Africa. We will focus on five regions and/or nations of the continent: Ghana, Algeria, Swahili Coast, Southern Africa, and Congo-Kinshasa. First, while remaining cognizant of the biases of the authors, we will mine travel accounts for descriptions of local historical contexts during precolonial, colonial, and postcolonial eras. Second, we will explore what travel writing says about the author's perception of self, home, and "other." Ultimately, we will determine how the image of travel in Africa influences both our perceptions of Africa and the writing of African history, in general.
Intercultural Literacy, Writing
The course materials introduce African cultures and societies through primary sources, film, and novels.
Several short and medium length writing assignments over the course of the semester provide students with an opportunity to practice and improve their writing style.
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Said Hamdun and Noel King, IBN BATUTA IN BLACK AFRICA
Caryl Phillips, THE ATLANTIC SOUND
Isabelle Eberhardt, THE NOMAD: DIARIES OF ISABELLE EBERHARDT
Maya Angelou, ALL GOD'S CHILDREN NEED WALKING SHOES
Ama Ata Aidoo, OUR SISTER KILLJOY
Philip Gourevitch, WE WISH TO INFORM YOU THAT TOMORROW WE WILL BE KILLED WITH OUR FAMILIES
Films may include: Out of Africa, Chocolat, Wonders of the African World
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Short papers, midterm, final, group oral presentation
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