Slavery, Empire, and Sexuality: An African Research Seminar|
Spring 2010 not offered
|Course Cluster: African Studies|
Students in this upper-level writing seminar will write an extensive, original research paper after examining four books that creatively use common source materials in African history: travel accounts, missionary documents, life histories, and novels. By reading primary documents and critiques alongside these works--a narrative history of a slave ship voyage along the West African coast, a collection of life histories of former women slaves in East Africa, an ethnography of missionaries in Botswana, and a "queer" biography of a British palm oil trader and novelist in colonial Nigeria--students will gain insight into how to research and write their own papers, while engaging major topics in modern African history. This is an excellent course for majors and nonmajors interested in conducting semester-long research projects in African history.
Students will write a draft of their paper and have an opportunity to discuss the progress of their writing over the semester. In addition to regular participation in discussion, students will give an oral presentation on their research project.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
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Robert Harms, The Diligent: A Voyage through the Worlds of the Slave Trade
Marcia Wright, Strategies of Slaves and Women: Life Histories from East/Central Africa
John Comaroff and Jean Comaroff, Of Revelation and Revolution
Stephanie Newell, The Forger's Tale: The Search for Odeziaku
Ferdinand Oyono, Houseboy
Afrique, je te plumerai
|Examination and Assignments: |
graded draft, oral presentation, research paper